Irresponsibility Reigns in Washington As Target Dems Refuse to Stop Obama Tax Hike

September 27, 2010

FYI, a version of the release below went out to the following districts: John Adler (NJ-03); Jason Altmire (PA-04); Michael Arcuri (NY-24); Sanford Bishop (GA-02); Tim Bishop (NY-01); John Boccieri (OH-16); Leonard Boswell (IA-03); Rick Boucher (VA-09); Allen Boyd (FL-02); Bobby Bright (AL-02); Dennis Cardoza (CA-18); Russ Carnahan (MO-03); Chris Carney (PA-10); Ben Chandler (KY-06); Travis Childers (MS-01); Gerry Connolly (VA-11); Jim Costa (CA-20); Mark Critz (PA-12); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); Joe Donnelly (IN-02); Steve Driehaus (OH-01); Chet Edwards (TX-17); Bob Etheridge (NC-02); Bill Foster (IL-14); Gabby Giffords (AZ-08); Alan Grayson (FL-08); John Hall (NY-19); Debbie Halvorson (IL-11); Martin Heinrich (NM-01); Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-AL); Baron Hill (IN-09); Jim Himes (CT-04); Maurice Hinchey (NY-22); Tim Holden (PA-17); 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); Frank Kratovil (MD-01); Rick Larsen (WA-02); Dave Loebsack (IA-02); Dan Maffei (NY-25); Betsy Markey (CO-04); Jim Marshall (GA-08); 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); Bill Owens (NY-23); Ed Perlmutter (CO-07); Tom Perriello (VA-05); Gary Peters (MI-09); Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL); Nick Rahall (WV-03); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); John Salazar (CO-03) Loretta Sanchez (CA-47); Mark Schauer (MI-07); Kurt Schrader (OR-05); Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01); Heath Shuler (NC-11); Ike Skelton (MO-04); Zack Space (OH-18); John Spratt (SC-05); Betty Sutton (OH-13); Dina Titus (NV-03); Niki Tsongas (MA-05); Tim Walz (MN-01); Charlie Wilson (OH-06); David Wu (OR-01); and John Yarmuth (KY-03).

Irresponsibility Reigns in Washington As Sanchez Refuses to Stop Obama Tax Hike
With One Week Until Congress Adjourns, Vulnerable Dems Still Silent on Devastating Tax Increases

Washington- Congress is scheduled to adjourn at the end of this week, yet House Democrats like Loretta Sanchez have refused to stand up for middle-class families and small businesses facing the looming Obama tax hike. While the country continues to suffer under the consequences of the Democrats’ failed economic agenda and Americans are still asking “where are the jobs?,” Sanchez has done nothing to spare the American people from this devastating tax increase set to take effect on January 1, 2011. Vulnerable Democrats like Sanchez who refuse to make American families and small businesses their priority over their hopes for re-election can add the Obama tax hike to the lengthy record of job-killing policies they will be forced to defend before Election Day.

“Loretta Sanchez has done nothing but add to the uncertainty middle-class families and small businesses are facing in this struggling economy,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “The longer Democrats fail to make the American people their priority and address the issue of the tax increases, the more uncertainty will continue to grow, further stunting job growth in America. If vulnerable Democrats like Sanchez skip town without an up-or-down vote to stop the Obama tax hike, then they will be sending a loud and clear message to the American people that they are irresponsible and unfit to govern.”

Economists have said raising taxes in a recession would only stifle job creation and worsen the economy:

“Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said in a research note released Sept. 22 that even a temporary failure by Congress to extend the cuts may erase U.S. economic growth in the first half of next year.” (Ryan J. Donmoyer, “Durbin Says Democrats Will Back Obama’s Plan on Tax Cuts for Middle Class,” Bloomberg, 09/26/10)

Yet Speaker Pelosi and Democrat leaders refuse to make an honest up-or-down vote on the devastating tax hike a priority in their agenda:

“Pelosi on Friday said she may call for a vote in the coming week, but Democrats ‘will retain the right to proceed as we choose.’” (“GOP, Democrats spar over vote on tax policy,” MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal, 09/26/10)

As Election Day draws nearer, House Democrats’ continued inaction on the Obama tax hike will serve as a reminder to voters across the country that the priorities of the current Majority are not in line with those of the American people.

Visit the NRCC’s Democrat Tax Tracker for more information.