Will Target Dems Pledge to Stop Tax Hikes on Small Businesses Before Skipping Town?

September 16, 2010

FYI, a version of the release below went out to the following incumbent and challenger districts: John Adler (NJ-03); Jason Altmire (PA-04); Michael Arcuri (NY-24); John Barrow (GA-12); Ami Bera (CA-03); Sanford Bishop (GA-02); Tim Bishop (NY-01); John Boccieri (OH-16); Allen Boyd (FL-02); Bobby Bright (AL-02); Paula Brooks (OH-12); John Callahan (PA-15); Dennis Cardoza (CA-18); Russ Carnahan (MO-03); Chris Carney (PA-10); John Carney (DE-AL); Ben Chandler (KY-06); Travis Childers (MS-01); Jim Costa (CA-20); Joe Courtney (CT-02); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); Lincoln Davis (TN-04); Suzan DelBene (WA-08); Joe Donnelly (IN-02); Chet Edwards (TX-17); Lori Edwards (FL-12); Bob Etheridge (NC-02); Bill Foster (IL-14); Joe Garcia (FL-25); Gabby Giffords (AZ-08); Alan Grayson (FL-08); John Hall (NY-19); Debbie Halvorson (IL-11); Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01); Denny Heck (WA-03); Martin Heinrich (NM-01); Roy Herron (TN-08); Baron Hill (IN-09); Jim Himes (CT-04); Maurice Hinchey (NY-22); Tim Holden (PA-17); Rush Holt (NJ-12); Steve Israel (NY-02); Steve Kagen (WI-08); Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Marcy Kaptur (OH-09); Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15); Ron Kind (WI-03); Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01); Larry Kissell (NC-08); Ron Klein (FL-22); Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24); Rick Larsen (WA-02); Julie Lassa (WI-07); Bryan Lentz (PA-07); Dan Maffei (NY-25); Betsy Markey (CO-04); Jim Marshall (GA-08); Gary McDowell (MI-01); Mike McIntyre (NC-07); Michael McMahon (NY-13); Jerry McNerney (CA-11); Walt Minnick (ID-01); Harry Mitchell (AZ-05); Chris Murphy (CT-05); Patrick Murphy (PA-08); Scott Murphy (NY-20); Mike Oliverio (WV-01); Bill Owens (NY-23); Ed Perlmutter (CO-07); Gary Peters (MI-09); Steve Pougnet (CA-45); Steve Raby (AL-05); Nick Rahall (WV-03); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); Mike Ross (AR-04); John Salazar (CO-03); Loretta Sanchez (CA-47); Mark Schauer (MI-07); Kurt Schrader (OR-05); Dan Seals (IL-10); Heath Shuler (NC-11); Ike Skelton (MO-04); Zack Space (OH-18); John Spratt (SC-05); Betty Sutton (OH-13); Gene Taylor (MS-04); Harry Teague (NM-02); Dina Titus (NV-03); Manan Trivedi (PA-06); Niki Tsongas (MA-05); Trent Van Haaften (IN-08); Tim Walz (MN-01); Tom White (NE-02); Charlie Wilson (OH-06); David Wu (OR-01) and John Yarmuth (KY-03).

Will Edwards Pledge to Stop Tax Hikes on Small Businesses Before Skipping Town?

While Dems Look to Adjournment, Tax Hikes on Working Families, Small Businesses are Still on the Table

Washington- As Democrats return to Washington, fresh off an eight week summer recess with another failed attempt at recovery under their belts, they are already looking to early adjournment as they attempt to dodge the tough questions on their scheduled tax hikes. While Chet Edwards and his Democrat friends face a bruising uphill battle to re-election this November, imposing tax increases on anyone, particularly on small business owners, would only prove to be more problematic for already disadvantaged Democrats. With tax hikes on the way at the end of the year, will Edwards flee town and give up his last chance before Election Day to provide some much-needed relief to Texas families and small businesses?

“For the sake of our economy, Chet Edwards and Democrats in Congress must pledge not skip town until they have passed legislation that would eliminate tax hikes for anyone, particularly on small business owners fighting for their livelihood in this recession,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. While working families and small business owners across the country are bracing for massive tax hikes, Washington is only piling on the uncertainty as they attempt to avoid action on their scheduled tax increases. It’s time that Chet Edwards finally stand up to President Obama and the Democrats’ job-killing policies and pledge not to support adjournment unless there has been up or down vote on stopping any and all tax hikes from occurring.”

Without action from Congress, Americans at every income level would face tax increases at the end of the year, including middle-class families and small business owners already struggling in the midst of the recession – and analysts predict that it could further devastate an already weakened economy.

“Extending the Bush tax cuts for all income levels beyond year-end would add a ‘couple tenths’ to US economic growth, while allowing the tax cuts to expire would result in ‘well over a percentage point’ hit, Jan Hatzius, chief U.S. economist at Goldman Sachs told CNBC.

“‘If everything was allowed to expire, as is the current legislation at the end of this year, that would be a major impact,’ Hatzius said.” (“Ending Bush Tax Cuts Will Hurt Economy: Goldman Analyst, CNBC, 09/13/10)

But with midterm elections looming, Congress is not expected to accomplish much.

“As Congress returns from its August recess, it faces a full plate of legislation, including leftovers from the summer and new offerings from President Obama. But with lingering partisan rancor—and the midterm election season revving into full gear—observers wonder whether Congress will finish anything during the next month.”

“Extension of the Bush-era tax cuts could take up much of the congressional oxygen—likely carrying over into a lame-duck session after the November elections. In a speech last week in suburban Cleveland, Obama aggressively pushed his proposal to extend the tax cuts for most Americans, but to allow the rates to rise for individuals earning more than $200,000 annually and joint filers earning more than $250,000.” (Alex Parker, “Congress Not Expected To Do Much With 2010 Election Looming,” US News and World Report, 09/14/10)

In an already struggling economy, uncertainty about the Democrats’ looming tax-hikes is contributing to the nation’s unemployment crisis.

“Congress’ inability to make a decision about the fate of Bush-era tax cuts is contributing to the unemployment crisis facing the country, according to the Labor Day 2010 report by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

“‘Small businesses are America’s job creators, responsible for 60 percent of the net new jobs created in the last decade,’ the report states. ‘But uncertainty about looming tax hikes has stunted employment growth and until Main Street begins to hire, the unemployment rate will remain unacceptably high.'” (Jay Heflin, “Uncertainty of Bush tax cuts affects hiring, study states,” The Hill, 09/02/10)