NRCC - Small Businesses Face Uncertainty As Shea-Porter Refuses to Stop Obama Tax Hike

With Election Day in Sight, Vulnerable Democrats Refuse to Listen to American People on Devastating Tax Increases

Washington- One week is left until Congress is scheduled to adjourn and the White House and Democrat leaders have acknowledged that a Congressional vote on the Obama tax hike may be dead. House Democrats like Carol Shea-Porter have neglected to listen to the American people who are pleading for their support to spare working families and small businesses from devastating tax increases. The country is still suffering under the consequences of the Democrats’ failed economic agenda from the past two years – but now vulnerable Democrats like Shea-Porter who refuse to make working families and small businesses their priority can add the Obama tax hike to the lengthy record of job-killing policies they will be forced to defend before Election Day.

“Carol Shea-Porter's refusal to stop the Obama tax hikes on working families and small businesses is a clear sign that she is out of touch with the priorities of Americans who are struggling in this economy,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “With the country still reeling from the Democrats’ trillion-dollar stimulus that failed to create jobs and reckless spending spree that led the nation into debt, Carol Shea-Porter's support for the Obama tax hike will just add to the long list of failed policies that she will be forced to defend between now and Election Day.”  

Democrat leaders themselves have said that they will most likely punt on the Obama tax hike before the midterm elections:

“Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Thursday he saw no reason for the House to hold a vote on extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class before the midterm elections…”

‘…We don’t need to have a vote to let the American people know where we stand.’” (Kathleen Hunter, “Hoyer: Tax-Cut Vote Could Wait Until After Elections, Roll Call, 09/23/10)

The White House has also acknowledged that a Congressional vote on the Obama tax hike is dead:

“The White House is now acknowledging that the Congressional vote on the middle class tax cuts is unlikely to happen before the elections, effectively moving on to the next phase of this debate, now that Congressional Dems had already pretty much decided the vote was dead.” (Greg Sargent, “White House acknowledges vote on middle class tax cuts may be dead -- squarely blames GOP,” Washington Post, 09/23/10)

Despite the decision of Democrat leaders to skirt a vote on the Obama tax hike, vulnerable Democrats’ refusal to address this issue will haunt them until Election Day.