Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, the message from the American people is loud and clear: extend the middle class tax cuts now. Republicans are holding hostage tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses to give more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. Once again Republicans are playing politics with something that will help Americans get back as we work to repair the damage that 8 years of Republican leadership created.
Democrats have a commonsense solution, and we can't wait around any longer to let real proposals languish until the House GOP gets its act together. Spearheaded by Congressman Tim Walz, Democrats filed the Walz discharge petition to automatically bring to the House floor the Senate-passed middle class tax cuts which the President has said he will sign immediately. We have no time to waste, Mr. Speaker. Pass the extension of the middle class tax cuts now as we find a bold, balanced, and fair agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff.