Congressman Steve Scalise today released the following statement after President Obama called for a nearly $800 billion tax increase on families and small businesses over the next 10 years.
"President Obama proved once again that he is tone deaf to the country's economic woes by insisting on more job-killing tax hikes, especially in the wake of another poor jobs report and the recent Supreme Court ruling which confirms Obamacare includes hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases that hits hard-working taxpayers," Scalise said. "President Obama refuses to control spending, so instead he is trying to raise hundreds of billions in job-killing taxes to continue his failed practice of more wasteful Washington spending while he plays politics by trying to pit one group of Americans against another. President Obama's tax and spend policies have failed, and are responsible for this dismal economy that includes 41 consecutive months of unemployment above 8%. Even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted that the President's proposed tax increase could lead our country into a double dip recession. It's time for President Obama to abandon his failed tax and spend policies, and work with us in Congress to control Washington spending and ensure that no American sees their taxes increased. The problem in America is not that we are taxed too little, it's that Washington is spending too much, and you don't solve that problem by sending Washington even more money to spend in the form of job-killing tax hikes."