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Middle Class Tax Cut Act

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. KLOBUCHAR. Mr. President, I rise today in support of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act. This afternoon, I voted for legislation that would have extended the middle-class tax cuts through 2013.

In Minnesota, 2 million families and small businesses will see their Federal income taxes increase by an average of $1,600 unless the middle-class tax cuts are extended. Instead of waiting until the eleventh hour, this legislation would have provided certainty for families and small businesses that their already squeezed budgets won't have to be trimmed further in the coming year.

I would like to make clear that extending the middle-class tax cuts is just the first step. There is a growing majority here that favors comprehensive tax reform that would simplify the Tax Code, broaden the base, and lower tax rates. Passing the middle-class tax cuts today would give us time to reach consensus on the details of reform that would streamline our Tax Code, pay down our debt, and ensure the United States remains competitive.

We also must take action on the estate tax. If Congress does nothing, the exemption would drop to $1 million and the rate would rise to 55 percent. This is not an acceptable outcome and would hurt farmers and small businesses in Minnesota who have worked hard to build a legacy they can pass on to their children and grandchildren. In the past we have come together to pass compromise levels that don't harm farmers and small business owners, while still being mindful of our deficit. I will work to ensure it happens again.

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