CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE REACTS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CALL TO EXTEND THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS
Jul 9, 2012 -
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement regarding the President’s Call to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts and the Republicans refusal to help the Middle Class:
“The middle class is asking the GOP a simple question: where are the jobs? Republicans have no jobs plan and refuse to stop the outsourcing and offshoring of American jobs. Republicans have already voted more than 8 times against considering Democratic legislation to prevent the offshoring of jobs. Republicans are looking to score cheap political points with message bills to nowhere that will never become law.
“Instead of jobs bills, this week, for the 31st time, the GOP will vote to take away patient protections for Americans – the same protections enjoyed by Members of Congress. Consider just some of the benefits Republicans would take away from millions of Americans:
· Children can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
· Students and young people can stay on their parents’ plans.
· Seniors are paying less for prescription drugs.
· Insurance companies cannot drop coverage when you get sick or place lifetime limits on care.
“Enough is enough. It’s time to work together to create jobs, grow the economy, and strengthen the middle class. Today, President Obama once again stood firmly with America’s middle class and small businesses. Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans.
“Once again, Republicans must decide: will they continue to hold middle class tax cuts hostage to tax breaks for the wealthiest or will they agree to pass the middle class tax cuts we all agree should become law?
“Republicans have failed to put forward a plan to create jobs or end the outsourcing of American jobs, and continue to waste valuable time on bills to nowhere. We must work together to extend tax cuts for the middle class, put people to work, and grow our economy.”