Aug 1, 2012

McCarthy: Democrats Either Believe Economy Has Recovered Or Are Just That Out-Of-Touch With Americans

Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) gave the following remarks in support of stopping the President’s tax hike and reforming our tax code at a House Republican leadership press conference:

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“Two years ago, when the Democrats controlled everything in Washington, the question of raising taxes stood before Congress. At that time, 139 Democrats voted to extend the current rates and stop the tax increase. Among them were Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Steny Hoyer and Steve Israel. Today, 86 of them still serve in Congress. The argument they made at the time was that you do not raise taxes in a down economy. The question for the Democrats now begs; Do they think the economy is strong? … Do they think the economy is strong enough to cut 710,000 jobs? They either believe that it is, or they are completely out-of-touch with the American people.”

TRANSCRIPT:

“As the Speaker and Leader said, today is a big contrast between House Republicans and Washington Democrats. Two years ago, when the Democrats controlled everything in Washington, the question of raising taxes stood before Congress. At that time, 139 Democrats voted to extend the current rates and stop the tax increase. Among them are Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Steny Hoyer and Mr. Israel. Today, 86 of them still serve in Congress. The argument they made at the time was that you do not raise taxes in a down economy.

“The question for the Democrats now begs; Do they think the economy is strong? … Do they think the economy is strong enough to cut 710,000 jobs? They either believe that it is, or they are completely out-of-touch with the American people.

“What the House is doing goes beyond just extending the tax cuts – we want to eliminate uncertainty. Not only will we extend the current tax rates and stop the tax hike, we will also believe in reforming the tax code – which will create a million new jobs. We know the economy is not strong, and we want to make it stronger. We believe it can be if you unshackle what holds us back.”