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Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendments to H.R. 3630, Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011; Providing For Consideration of House Resolution 501, Sense of House Regarding Any Final Measure to Extend Certain Expiring Provisions

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. AUSTIN SCOTT of Georgia. Good morning. I appreciate the opportunity to speak on this issue.

I, as most Americans, love this time of year. It's Christmastime where we celebrate the birth of Christ and spend time with our family and friends and at church. I sent a quick message to my wife last night, and I said: Honey, I may be here for a while.

And she said: We have 5 days until Christmas. Stay in the fight. Americans need you.

I know a lot of people on the other side of the aisle want to use that as an excuse to go home, but America needs us to be up here and work. A lot has been said today, but the fact is simple: The Senate put a bad amendment on a good bill, a bill that passed this House with almost as many Democrats voting for it as Republicans who voted against it, a bipartisan bill that does what the President asked us to do, which is to extend the payroll tax cut for 12 months. Twelve months is what the President asked for; 12 months is what we did.

Now, the Senate, in their haste to get out of town--the Senate, in their haste to get out of town--passed it for 60 days. I would respectfully submit that if they had done any consideration at all, they would have made it at least 90 days. I'm one of those who signed a quarterly wage and tax return like many of my freshman colleagues.

I, again, want to ask the President to stand with the Republican House. Let's pass this tax cut for a year and do what the Americans need us to do.


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