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Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 3630, Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. DAVID SCOTT of Georgia. Thank you very much, and I appreciate the opportunity to come down and to say a few words on this.

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so glad that the people of this country are tuning into what's happening on the floor of this House of Representatives. What we are seeing is a great dysfunction in the Republican Party in the House of Representatives.

Here is this situation: the American people are hurting, and 160 million American people do not need their taxes to go up. There are 2.2 million American people who are without unemployment benefits who will have those unemployment benefits not extended. And there are seniors, 48 million of them, who will not be able to go and visit their doctors. America is hurting, and what does the Republican Party in the House of Representatives want to do? They want to hurt them some more by not even allowing a vote on a compromise bill that was passed by the Senate with 89 votes, 39 of them members of the Senate Republican Party.

Ladies and gentlemen, what's at stake here is a failure to compromise. That is the key. When Hamilton and Jefferson failed to compromise, it was John Adams that brought them together. Where would this country be if that had not happened? Ladies and gentlemen of America, wake up and realize that this is not a party just of Tea Party people, or Republicans or Democrats, it's a party of all of us.

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