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Rep. Bruce Braley

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Off the Cliff

Posted: 12/20/11 12:58 PM ET

Are you kidding me?

What else can I say? I just left the floor of the US House after voting to extend the vital middle class payroll tax cut for another two months.

If Congress doesn't act before the end of the year, taxes will go up for 160 million American families.

Just 72 hours ago, everything was on track. Congressional negotiators from both sides of the aisle had agreed to a compromise that would keep the middle class tax cut alive, meaning an average American family would keep $1,000 in their pocket next year and wouldn't see a steep tax increase on January 1st.

But three days after agreeing to support the compromise -- calling it a "victory" and a "good deal" -- Speaker John Boehner completely reversed course and led House Republicans off a cliff, voting the bill down.

It's unacceptable. Letting this tax cut expire would not only take money away from struggling middle class families -- it would put a damper on job creation in our weak economy.

Apparently, Speaker Boehner's rabid devotion to tax cuts ends when the taxes in question don't affect millionaires and billionaires.

Unfortunately, this is a tax cut that really matters for strengthening our economy -- and for millions of working families.

I've launched a petition at www.MiddleClassTaxCutsNow.com urging Speaker Boehner to show leadership and renew the middle class tax cut.

Do your part: Let your voice be heard and please sign onto our petition. Tell Speaker Boehner that the middle class tax cut is one tax cut we CAN'T afford to go without.

 

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