U.S. Senate candidate Mazie Hirono today issued the following statement after the passage of legislation extending tax cuts for middle class Americans.
"I applaud the Senate today for taking this important step in assuring our middle class families that their taxes will not go up next year. This legislation ensures that 98% of taxpaying Americans will now keep an average of $1,600 to put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, or to pay for life saving prescriptions."
"We should be working to strengthen middle class Americans by supporting our economy's recovery through a balanced approach of creating jobs, reducing the deficit, strengthening programs that protect our kupuna and our keiki, and by making sure the wealthiest among us pay their fair share.
"House Republicans can send a strong message that they too support America's middle class by bringing this important legislation to a vote and passing this measure."