Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas. Madam Speaker, Members, when the U.S. economy is showing signs of progress, our House majority's threatening to take 2 percent of the gross national product out of our economy, killing the gains we've made, and doing it on the backs of the people who need help the most, the middle class and the unemployed.
Even though we were able to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance, and also the Medicare physician payments for just 2 months, millions of Americans dodged an average of $1,500 from a GOP tax hike. Now it's time to get to work and pass a year-long extension of these three important programs.
We cannot afford to take more risks with the incomes of 160 million Americans the way the House majority did at the end of 2011.