GSP - With No Help From Rep. Guinta , Rep. Bass and Congress Approves Bipartisan ‘Fiscal Cliff ’ Avoidance Bill, Averts Middle Class Tax Hike



With No Help From Congressman Frank Guinta, Rep. Charlie Bass and Majority of U.S. House Approve Senate’s Bipartisan ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Avoidance Bill, Averts Middle Class Tax Hike

Just How Reckless and Irresponsible Is Congressman Guinta? He Would Rather See Taxes Go Up on New Hampshire’s Middle Class Families by $2,200 and the Economy Suffer Before Seeing a Millionaire Pay a Dime More in Taxes

(Concord) The long national nightmare is over as the U.S. House approved by a 257-167 margin the strongly bipartisan Senate ‘fiscal cliff’ avoidance bill that will effectively roll back the $2,200 middle class tax hike that was triggered automatically on midnight January 1st.  The bill now headed to the President’s desk -- despite Congressman Guinta’s misguided opposition -- will permanently extend tax relief for all but the richest individuals making more than $400,000 a year and families making more than $450,000. These wealthy Americans will see their tax rates go from 35% back to Clinton-era level of 39.6 percent when the nation saw one of its greatest periods of economic prosperity and job creation, a move not only supported by the American people but by even most millionaires.  Additionally, the ‘fiscal cliff’ avoidance bill also includes other important measures to protect families and spur economic growth, including extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed (which expired Friday) through the end of 2013.

Sue Roman, a volunteer with the Action, a joint project of Granite State Progress and New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action: “Last night’s vote demonstrates that Frank Guinta clearly didn’t get the message voters sent in November when they voted him out of office. New Hampshire citizens voted to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; ask the nation’s wealthiest taxpayers to pay a little more; and to protect families without work struggling during this recovery. To his credit, Congressman Bass proved that the middle-class matters and that he heard the voices of voters. Too bad Frank Guinta is still too wed to his right-wing views to vote the conscience of the state.”

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 demanded Congress end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2%—the final deal ended the tax break for those making more than $400,000 per year. The Action is for critical investments that create and sustain jobs.