December 20, 2011

"Mr. Speaker, it is December 20th, and the Republicans are using it as a day to dissemble, pretending to support a tax cut for working Americans, while making it uncertain and delayed."

December 20, 2011

That agreement had 89 Senators out of 100 agree on a proposition that would continue the middle class tax cut, would give certainty and assurance that as of January 1st there wouldn't be a tax [increase], would give 48 million Americans assurance that they would still have access to their Medicare doctors, and would give 2.3 million Americans an assurance they wouldn't lose their unemployment insurance and therefore their ability to support themselves and their families.

December 16, 2011

We passed a bill here through the House some days ago which provided for the extension of the payroll tax cut that we gave to 160 million Americans last year. Our economy is still not as robust as we want it to be, and the President of the United States has said, let's continue that tax cut for middle-income Americans. We have not done that yet, and unfortunately the bill that we passed through the House had items in it that obviously the Senate does not agree with.

December 15, 2011

"I rise out of a deep concern that this congress continues to ask one group to sacrifice to bring down our nation's deficit while not asking others to contribute as well."

December 14, 2011

“This was not a real bill, Lawrence, in the sense that the President indicated he would veto it. The leader in the Senate, the Majority Leader said it couldn`t pass and wouldn`t pass the Senate. We have 72 hours to go before the government shuts down. We have 18 days, approximately, left to go until the end of the year. We need to stop playing politics and pretense and get down to doing things that both parties can pass.”

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