Larson Floor Speech Calling For Action on Middle Class Tax
WASHINGTON - House Democratic Caucus Chairman John B.
Larson (CT) spoke on the House Floor today calling on House
Republicans to step up for their constituents and do the
right thing for middle class families by passing a middle
class tax cut that can be signed into law immediately.
Below are his remarks and a video of his speech:
"Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank our distinguished
Leader, as well. This debate today is extraordinarily
"This isn't about Democrats or Republicans. This is
about saving and preserving our middle class.
"Lauren Mishkin, from Connecticut said to me recently-a
mother who came out to talk about student loans-says, 'When
only the rich can follow their dreams, we have a problem.'
"And so here today we face a very clear choice that I think
all Americans understand. We should be able to come
together as Democrats and Republicans and provide a tax
break for everyone up to $250,000.
"Lauren was right: we have a problem.
"A constituent of mine said, 'Why is it that Congress
doesn't understand that what they're doing is throwing
all of us into the deep abyss of uncertainty?'
"It's that deep abyss of uncertainty that all Americans
are concerned about and what they want is us to come
together, and we know that we have a bill that has passed
the Senate, a bill that the President will sign, a bill
that we virtually agree on on both sides of the aisle. So
what really frustrates the American citizens and the people
in my district is that we can't come together.
"I implore my colleagues on the other side: don't
plunge us further into this dark abyss. Do the things that
the wealthy amongst us have more than the ability to
shoulder and make sure that we all come together as
Americans and do the right thing on behalf of our
"That's what the Lauren Mishkin's want. That's the
kind of the dream that we need to provide for all American
citizens. And that's what this country desperately
needs is a Congress that will take leadership.
"There are times when you need to step aside and there are
times when you need to step up. We need to step up as a
Congress and pass this Democratic alternative."