Mr. COURTNEY. Mr. Speaker, in the well of the House, a few feet away from me, we have the power as Members to actually pull this country back from a fiscal cliff which endangers an economic recovery and threatens middle class families all across the country.
The good news is there right now. Consumer confidence is up, car sales are up, even the housing market is making a recovery. If we do not, however, act to sign this discharge petition and to protect middle class families, we will go backwards as a Nation.
It will also solve three-quarters of the sequestration challenge that the Budget Control Act still has sitting out there for January 2. If we sign this discharge petition and get this bill passed, three-quarters of that problem will be solved: we will protect Medicare, we will protect our military, we will protect education, and it will reduce the size of the challenge to avoid sequestration.
All Members--Republicans and Democrats--should come together, sign this discharge petition, and help the American people get this economy back on its feet.