Following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) on the president's proposal unveiled today that will increase taxes by $1.5 trillion:
"The American people know that if you tax job creators more, you get less job creation. Similarly, if you tax investment more, you get less investment. Time and again, the House has passed solid proposals to create jobs and boost our economy, but the president and Senate Democrats have instead continued to pursue a tax-and-spend mentality that will not help us grow our way out of these difficult economic times. It is time for real solutions, and the House has offered them. I will also continue to reject any calls for tax increases at a time when Americans are facing historic economic hardships."