'Democrats Will Not Stop Fighting Until We Expand the Child Tax
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke at a rally this
afternoon held to demand that the House Republican Leadership pass
the Senate's version of the child tax credit before the August recess.
Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle were joined by hundreds
of children of families who are being denied the child tax credit,
the Children's Defense Fund, and the Center for Community Change.
The groups released a joint report on the families left out of the
child tax credit. Below are Pelosi's remarks:
"Thank you and good afternoon. I know you all rode a long way
to get here. You should understand that the hopes of the children
of America are riding on you. Thank you for making the trip to Washington
wonderful to be with all of you, especially to see so many young
people here, voicing your support for the child tax credit. Rochelle
Jackson, your family is the reason why we are here today. Thank
you, Rochelle, for your wonderful remarks and for making the trip
from Pennsylvania. Rochelle and more than six million families she
represents wont get the tax credit unless the House Republicans
stop their delaying tactics and allow us to extend it.
I promise you: Democrats will not stop fighting until we expand
the child tax credit.
take a moment for a few facts. The Childrens Defense Fund
and the Center for Community Change are here to present their report
of facts today. Thank you for carrying the message across America.
The sad fact is that the Republican leadership in the House simply
does not want to expand the child tax credit for the 12 million
children, including 250,000 children of our active military duty
personnel, that they left out. Thats immoral and its
report states, these are the children of nurses, teachers
aides, farmers, and soldiers to name a few. These people work hard
to provide for their families, and they pay taxes. They do pay taxes.
Does anybody here who pays payroll taxes think that that is not
paying taxes? Or sales tax, that thats not paying taxes? House
Republicans simply do not care. They have thrown up roadblock after
roadblock into the path of fairness.
stand here today in the hot sun of Washington D.C., Democrats are
in the heat of battle on the floor of the House using every weapon
in our arsenal to disrupt the schedule and to force a vote on the
child tax credit. My colleagues Charlie Rangel and Rosa DeLauro
are holding down the fort on the House floor. We will continue to
call the House Republicans to the floor, all day, time and time
again, to remind them that the clock is ticking for the children
of working and military families in America. We want the same treatment
for them as other children in America.
"On Friday, the very day the tax credit checks will be sent
to millions of Americans, Members of Congress plan to return to
their districts for the August work period. Republican leaders are
willing to go home without extending the tax credit.
"We will not allow Republican Members of Congress to put less
of a value on the children of working families than they do on their
own children and other children in America. I remind you that the
working families make in one year what Members of Congress make
in one month. And the Members of Congresss children will be
getting that tax credit and working families below a certain income
will not. Is that fair?
the Democratic women in the House of Representatives signed Congresswoman
Jan Schakowskys letter to President Bush calling on him to
immediately intervene with the House Republicans and demand that
they send the President the child tax credit before he leaves Washington
is simple. The Senate passed the child tax credit 49 days ago. The
President said he would sign it. If he means it, then he will insist
that the Republicans in the House of Representatives pass the bill
and put it on his desk today."