Obama to Congress on Middle Class Tax Cuts: ‘We Don’t Have Time For Any More Games’

By Cullen Dirner

Sep 15, 2010 5:32pm

From Sunlen Miller: After meeting this afternoon with his cabinet, President Obama emerged in the Rose Garden to push again for Congress to move on middle class tax cuts. “Once again, the leaders across the aisle are saying no.  They want to hold these middle-class tax cuts hostage until they get an additional tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans,”  Obama said from the Rose Garden, “I just don't believe this makes any sense.  Even as we debate whether it's wise to spend $700 billion on tax breaks for the wealthy, doesn't it make sense for us to move forward with the tax cuts that we all agree on?” Flanked by Vice President Biden, and other members of his economic team, the president said that extending these tax cuts “is right,” because the middle-class are those who are most likely to actually spend this tax relief. “If the other party continues to hold these tax cuts hostage, these are the same families who will suffer the most when their taxes go up next year,” he warned, “And if we can't get an agreement with Republicans, that's what will happen.” Noting the politics of the issue, the president said even though the November elections are looming, it is time to get this done. “We don't have time for any more games.  I understand there's an election coming up, but the American people didn't send us here to just think about our jobs. They sent us here to think about theirs.” Noting that both parties came together to end the blockade in the Senate on the small-business aid bill, the president said that the same kind of cooperation was needed for passing the tax cuts extension. While praising the progress of the small-business aid bill, and specifically mentioning by name the two Republican senators — Senators George Voinovich (R-OH) and George LeMieux (R-Fla.) for refusing to support the blockade any longer – the president said that it should have not taken this long to pass this bill. “For months, the Republican leadership in the Senate has said no.  For months, they have used legislative maneuvers to prevent this bill from even coming up for a vote.  And all the while, small- business owners kept waiting for help.” – Sunlen Miller

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