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McCarthy Votes Against Tax Cuts

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The House Democrats narrowly won the 210-209 vote to adjourn Congress yesterday without discussing the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts, according to Jordan Fabian of The Hill. Republican and Conservative Candidate for New York's Fourth Congressional District, Fran Becker, points out that Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY-Garden City) wasn't one of the 39 Democrats to vote against the adjournment. Becker states, "Ms. McCarthy has once again misrepresented the people of the Fourth Congressional District. She had the chance to end the uncertainty facing small businesses and families, instead, she voted with her Democratic majority. "

Congressman John Boehner explained the decision for congress to adjourn in simple terms. He states, "A vote to adjourn this Congress without an up-or-down vote to stop all the tax hikes is a vote to raise taxes and destroy more jobs."

According to Becker," The people are looking to their leaders to represent them and vote in their best interest, during this time of economic uncertainty." He states, "Ms. McCarthy has failed once again."

Becker states, "The families and taxpayers in the district need a Congressional Representative who will stand up to Pelosi and demand that Congress extend the tax cuts. Unfortunately, McCarthy has turned her back on the residents of the 4th CD and is once again siding with Pelosi as she tries to impose her ultra-liberal agenda on the country."

He continues, "The tax hike will increase income taxes on small businesses from 33% to 36% and from 36% to 39.6%. This will severely limit small businesses ability to create jobs. "

The tax hikes will also penalize married couples with children. Ryan Ellis from Americans for Tax Reform states, "The "marriage penalty" will return from the first dollar of income. The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child. The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level. The dependent care tax credit will be cut."

Failure to vote for or against the tax extensions is irresponsible. Becker said, "Raising taxes in this economy is irresponsible and will further hamper an already sluggish and anemic recovery. We should not be taking more money out of the pockets of consumers and businesses when we need them to spend and to grow.

"It speaks volumes that Carolyn McCarthy couldn't break with her leadership to vote to stay in session. I believe the tax cuts should be extended in their entirety, but it appears that once again Ms. McCarthy has decided to run from the problem, instead of face it."

Fran Becker is the Republican candidate for New York's 4th Congressional District. He is running against incumbent Carolyn McCarthy (D-Garden City), who has held the seat for 14 years. Fran is a business owner, an employer, and a certified financial planner. Fran has the background, experience and qualifications to get the job done in Congress.


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