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Pelosi Statement on the Fiscal Cliff

Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the fiscal cliff:
"The message from the American people is loud and clear: we need solutions not stalemates.
"We continue to call on Speaker Boehner to immediately schedule a vote on the Senate-passed bill to extend tax cuts for the middle class, which the President has said he will sign immediately.  Congressional Republicans must heed the call of middle class families during this holiday season, end the uncertainty and stop holding middle income tax cuts hostage to tax cuts for the rich.  If Speaker Boehner refuses to schedule this widely-supported bill for a vote, Democrats will introduce a discharge petition to automatically bring to the floor the Senate-passed middle class tax cuts.
"We must find a bold, balanced and fair agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff.  The clock is ticking and stalemates are a luxury we cannot afford."