Washington, D.C. – On behalf of the House Democratic Caucus, Congressman Tim Walz (D-Minn.) filed a discharge petition to bring the Senate-passed middle class tax cuts to the floor for a vote:
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
“Today, let’s show the American people the politics of the possible. Let’s focus on what we agree on, not what we disagree on. Let’s find common ground. We can accomplish this by extending the middle class tax cuts immediately. Let’s have the people’s House break this ridiculous stalemate. Let families across the nation go into the holiday season with certainty.
“Everyone here agrees: taxes should not go up on middle class families. Democrats and Republicans can come together to make that happen. By extending the tax cuts, every American will get a tax break on the first $250,000 of income. Let me repeat that: 100 percent of Americans will receive a tax break on $250,000 of income. It also extends the child tax credit, makes it easier for small businesses to expand, makes it affordable to go to college, and fixes the Alternative Minimum Tax.
“If we fail to act in the next 10 days, middle class families could see their income taxes go up by $2,000. No one wants it, the economy doesn’t need it. The Senate’s already passed a bill. The President said he would sign it today. It can be done now.
“Please stand up, sign the discharge petition, make a difference for the American public. I yield back.”