GSP - Local Advocates Respond to House Speaker Boehner Pulling Fatally Flawed “Plan B” Tax Bill Off The Table

Call on Congressman Bass to Stand by His Earlier Declaration “It is Not a Battle We Are Likely to Win” 

House Republicans Had Their Chance, Now It’s Time for ‘Plan A’: Congressman Bass Implored to Call on Boehner to Allow a Vote on Senate-Passed Middle Class Tax Relief Bill That the President is Ready to Sign to Avoid Tax Hike on 98% of Americans & 97% of Small Businesses at Year’s End

Concord, NH – Despite time running out for Congress to avert an automatic tax hike on all Americans on January 1, Republican House Speaker John Boehner chose to waste more time playing politics, putting forward a bill to protect tax breaks for millionaires at the expense of the middle class that was so fatally flawed that he could not even rally enough support from fellow House Republicans.  As a result, late Thursday night, Republican Boehner reportedly pulled the so-called “Plan B” bill off the table, a bill that stood no chance of passage in the Senate as it seeks to recklessly perpetuate tax cuts for the wealthiest few – and in fact would give millionaires an average $50,000 tax break - while at the same time raising taxes by an average of $1,000 on 25 million working families with children and students.

You Had Your Chance, Mr. Speaker, and Now It’s Time for ‘Plan A’: NH Citizens Alliance for Action and Granite State Progress’ joint campaign “The Action” are calling on Congressman Charlie Bass to be a strong independent voice for New Hampshire’s families and demand that Speaker Boehner immediately hold a vote on a responsible alternative bill that already passed in the U.S. Senate and the President is ready to sign that would immediately extend the Bush tax cuts only on incomes under $250,000 for a couple and $200,000 for an individual – a bill that would generate $400 billion more in high-income revenue to address our long-term budget challenges and for critical investments that create and sustain jobs.

Just last month Representative Bass told the New York Times:  “No question, if we go over the fiscal cliff and Congress allowed it to happen because we would not let taxes go up on the top 2 percent, that is not a battle we are likely to win."

Dwight Hayes of Concord, a local volunteer for The Action campaign and a former Methodist minister, issued this statement:

“With a $2,200 tax hike set to hit middle class families on January 1st, all Speaker Boehner has accomplished this week was further fan the flames of economic uncertainty.   But one thing is absolutely certain: he and his party’s insistence on protecting tax breaks for millionaires at all costs is hugely unpopular and the American people will hold the GOP responsible if taxes to go up on the middle class next year.  All eyes are on Congressman Bass in New Hampshire because he will be every bit to blame if he goes on vacation while the economy drives off the fiscal cliff.  The legacy of Congressman Bass’s service in Congress will be measured by his stand now. Will he stand with Speaker Boehner or with middle class families that will have $2,200 less to spend on groceries or on filling a prescription, to pay the rent or tuition?

“Fortunately for Congressman Bass, there is still a little time to avoid this economic hardship and political fallout.  Forget ‘Plan B’.  ‘Plan A’ has been sitting on the table for months, a middle class tax relief bill that the Senate already passed and the President is ready to sign right away.  The people of New Hampshire need Congressman Bass to step up, be an independent voice, and pressure Speaker Boehner to get behind the Senate bill to immediately extend tax relief to 98% of the American people and 97% of small businesses.

“Congressman Bass, do the right thing: don’t ring in the New Year by dropping the ball on middle class tax relief. End your time in Congress with a vote standing up for New Hampshire’s middle class.”

SEE: New York Times, Dec. 21: ‘G.O.P. Leaders in House Pull Tax Bill, Citing Lack of Votes’


ABOUT THE ACTION: The Action NH is a joint project of NH Citizens Alliance for Action and Granite State Progress, and part of a national grassroots movement that demands Congress end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2%—those making more than $250,000 per year. The Action is for critical investments that create and sustain jobs.