ess than a week after welcoming House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer to Rhode Island for a discussion on the importance of creating well-paying manufacturing jobs, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline today emphasized his strong support for President Obama's proposal to extend the Bush tax cuts for middle class families.
"Middle class families in Rhode Island deserve the certainty of knowing that their taxes won't go up at the end of this year," said Cicilline, who represents Rhode Island's First Congressional District. "The President is showing leadership on an issue that is critically important to millions of families, and I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join him in supporting a proposal that will provide relief for 98% of all Americans."
In Congress, Cicilline has continually emphasized the importance of protecting middle class Rhode Islanders from a tax hike during these incredibly challenging economic times. During debate on federal budget proposals earlier this year, Cicilline supported a Democratic measure offered by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) that would have extended the Bush tax cuts for families making less than $250,000.
"We all agree that Congress needs to do the hard work necessary to overhaul our tax code, paying particular attention to the impact expiring tax cuts will have on our small businesses," added Cicilline. "While we engage in that work, it is imperative that Congress act on the President's proposal and ensure middle class families in Rhode Island are protected from a tax increase."
Obama announced his proposal at a White House press conference earlier today. House and Senate Republican leaders have already voiced opposition to the proposal.