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Pelosi Statement on President Obama’s Remarks on Fiscal Cliff

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement following President Obama’s remarks on the fiscal cliff:

"President Obama is exactly right:  the American people voted on Tuesday for certainty for our economy and middle class families.  Speaker Boehner and House Republicans can provide that certainty, and establish a sound basis for negotiations on comprehensive deficit reduction package, by taking up the Senate-passed bill to extend the middle income tax cuts.  President Obama has his signing pen ready, and I am certain that, given the opportunity, Democrats in the House will vote to send the middle income tax cut to the President next week.

"President Obama reiterated today that we must work toward compromise to address our nation’s deficit,  and we stand firmly on the side of a balanced approach.  President Obama took this issue of tax fairness to the American people with great clarity, and the American people agreed with him.  The wealthiest Americans must pay their fair share.

"The tax proposal  that the President restated today is the right way to move forward, enabling us to start the conversation about a responsible, long-term deficit reduction plan.  The President was clear in the campaign.  The American people have spoken.  Let’s sit down and get the job done.  Every day we delay, adds to the uncertainty of the middle class.  Let’s pass the Senate bill now and show the American people that people of goodwill can get the job done.  We must.”