Republican Party of Florida chair says Obama's promise to the middle class is "bunch of bull" listen12/14/11 Janelle Irwin
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act Tuesday night, but the Democratic-led U.S. Senate isnâ€™t likely to pass it. On a conference call this morning, a Republican member of Congress from Florida is asking for support of the bill he says contains ideas submitted by Democrats.
Both Democrats and Republicans are in favor of the payroll tax expansion, but they disagree on how to pay for it. Tuesday, President Barack Obama threatened to veto any legislation that was paid for on the backs of the middle class. Instead he wants to impose an additional tax on people earning over a million dollars a year*. The bill approved by the House only includes spending cuts. U.S. member of Congress Steve Southerland (R-FL-2) said this would be the 28th bill to pass the House and not the Senate and that is something the country canâ€™t afford.
"This bi-partisan jobs plan extends payroll tax relief and unemployment insurance for Americans struggling under this Obama economy. It protects social security. It jumps starts the private sector job creating measures including the Keystone Pipeline which will create 130,000 American jobs including the 20,000 American construction jobs up front just to put the pipeline in place. And everything is paid for with responsible spending reduction not job killing tax increases."
President Barack Obama has also opposed any measure that includes a link to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The proposed line would pump oil from Canadaâ€™s tar sands to the U.S. but opponents say it isnâ€™t in the nationâ€™s best interest environmentally or fiscally.
Chair of the Republican Party of Florida, Lenny Curry, said blocking that kind of job creation is hurting the middle class. He called the Presidentâ€™s promise to protect them â€œa bunch of bull.â€
"The president is playing class war fare; smoke and mirrors in Washington and is putting politics first and it looks like Senator Reid and Senator Nelson are going to do everything they can to help him to continue to play these games."
If a bill is not passed by the end of the year, the current payroll tax could jump from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent. If a compromise is not found by Friday, lawmakers say they may consider a short-term extension to avoid the tax increase on workers.
*On Wednesday the AP reported that Democratic lawmakers are considering whether to jettison their demand for a surtax on millionaires as a way of covering the cost of the Social Security payroll tax cut extension.