House Democrats Are Trying To Force A Vote On Middle Income Tax Cuts

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House Democrats filed their discharge petition today seeking to force a vote on legislation that would extend middle income tax cuts and let the top marginal rates return to Clinton-era levels.Filed by Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), the petition requires 218 signatories to succeed — in other words, a significant number of Republicans.

“Our economy and our families cannot wait any longer for action and cannot afford a Republican tax increase on the middle class,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

“There’s no time to waste. The Senate has already passed this legislation; House Democrats are prepared to support it; President Obama is ready to sign it into law.”

At his weekly briefing, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) called on all Democrats and sympathetic Republicans like Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) to sign the petition.

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