Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) today called on House Republicans to return to work immediately after the holidays to pass the bipartisan Senate bill that will prevent a tax increase on 160 million Americans on New Year's Day:
"Three quarters of Congress agree; we must give certainty to American families that on January 1st they will not see their taxes go up, they will not lose unemployment assistance, and they will not lose access to their doctors. Unfortunately, House Republicans are doing what they have done all year: obstructing the will of the American public.
"President Obama was right to prevail on House Republicans to put politics aside and work with the rest of us in Congress to help the American people avoid the dark abyss of uncertainty by assuring them that tax relief, their doctors, and unemployment insurance will be there for them come the new year. We can only hope that as we celebrate the holidays the radical House Republicans will take a breath, come to their senses and join with Senate Republicans and House and Senate Democrats in doing what is in the best interest of the American people.
"This shouldn't be a partisan issue. Senate Republicans and House and Senate Democrats have shown that we can work together to find solutions. I hope House Republicans will return to work on December 26th ready to pass the bipartisan Senate compromise to allow Congress the time we need to reach a long term solution for these issues."