Pelosi Statement on Republican Tea Party’s Tax Increase

Dec 18, 2011
Press Release

Contact: Nadeam Elshami/Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today calling on Speaker Boehner to bring the bipartisan bill extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate, to the House floor for a vote :

“The Republican Tea Party's tax increase will hurt the middle class and hinder the economic recovery. And they know it.

“The bipartisan agreement successfully negotiated by Leader Reid and Leader McConnell and passed by the Senate with 89 bipartisan votes, took us to a place where we could continue the debate on behalf of the middle class, while ensuring that working families will not see their taxes increase on January 1.

“By holding up this bipartisan compromise, Tea Party House Republicans are walking away once again, showing their extremism and clearly demonstrating that they never intended to give the middle class a tax cut.

“Speaker Boehner must bring the Senate-passed bipartisan bill to the floor immediately. The only thing standing in the way of a middle class tax cut is Tea Party Republicans in the House with their latest made-up crisis just days before Christmas.”