NRSC - As His Fellow Democrats Denounce Largest Tax Hike In American History, Why Is Paul Hodes Standing With Obama-Pelosi Economic Agenda?

WASHINGTONWith national unemployment hovering near 10 percent, a growing number of Democrats are abandoning embattled liberal U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) and their Washington leaders as the Obama Administration prepares to allow for the largest job-killing tax increase in American history.

Politico reports today that, “[D]emocrats are pressuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi to extend Bush-era income tax rates for all brackets.” Democrat Representatives Jim Matheson (D-UT), Glenn Nye (D-VA), Melissa Bean (D-IL), and Gary Peters (D-MI) have voiced their strong opposition to the massive tax hike in a letter addressed to their Democrat leadership arguing that “this is not the time to jeopardize further growth.”

Additionally, U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jim Webb (D-VA) came forward today to join the expanding chorus of Democrats speaking out against the President’s tax increase.

“Congressman Hodes’ support for tax hikes on employers only underscores how painfully out-of-touch he is with voters in the Granite State. While a growing number of his Democrat colleagues continue to denounce Nancy Pelosi’s plans to increase taxes for families and small businesses in the midst of a recession, Hodes is still standing with his out-of-touch party leaders in Washington instead of taxpayers in New Hampshire,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “In just 50 days, Granite State voters will undoubtedly hold Hodes accountable for his reckless, job-killing economic agenda when they elect a Republican U.S. Senator.”

As a reminder, U.S. Representatives Charlie Melancon (D-LA) and Brad Ellsworth (D-IN); U.S. Senate hopefuls Robin Carnahan (D-MO) and Jack Conway (D-KY); and U.S. Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Evan Bayh (D-IN) are already on the growing list of Democrats opposed to Hodes’ efforts to raise taxes by repealing any of the 2001 and 2003 tax relief measures. 

Background Information:

“Paul Hodes Strongly Opposes The Bush [Tax] Plan That Will Continue To Add Billions To Our Expanding Deficit.” (Representative Paul Hodes, “Would Ayotte Cut Bill Binnie’s Taxes?” Press Release, 7/27/10) 

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