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Pelosi: Democrats Will File Discharge Petition if GOP Continues to Hold Middle Income Tax Cuts Hostage

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that House Democrats will file a discharge petition on Tuesday to bring middle income tax cuts to the floor if House Republicans continue to hold middle income tax cuts hostage to tax cuts for the rich.

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"As you know, as we've been saying, as the President has said, he has his pen in hand, he is ready to sign the middle income tax cut.  Last July, that legislation passed the United States Senate – the exact same bill was introduced in the House at that time and since then we have been asking the Republican leadership to bring the middle income tax cut to the floor.

"The clock is ticking, the year is ending, it’s really important, with tax legislation, for it to happen now.  We’re calling upon the Republican leadership in the House to bring this legislation to the floor next week.  We believe that not doing that would be holding middle income tax cuts hostage to tax cuts for the rich.  Tax cuts for the rich which do not create jobs, just increase the deficit, heaping mountains of debt onto future generations.  

"And so, to that end, we are – we will be introducing, if the bill, if there is no announcement of scheduling of the middle income tax cut, which, by the way, has tremendous support in the Republican Caucus – I think we would get a 100 percent vote on it if it came to the floor.  If it is not scheduled, then on Tuesday we will be introducing a discharge petition which you know with – if we get 218 signatures, would bring the bill automatically to the floor.  That would mean that we need some Republicans who support middle income tax cuts, to sign on with us.”