U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman issued the following statement today, urging President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to avert the "fiscal cliff" by passing legislation the House of Representatives has already passed that would prevent tax increases on Hoosier families, small businesses and family farms:
"The House of Representatives has passed legislation to stop the 'fiscal cliff' and the largest tax increase in our nation's history. It's time for the Senate to take up these measures and the President to sign them into law. The quickest way to stop the largest tax hike in American history is for President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass our legislation that would prevent it.
"Instead of allowing massive tax hikes on families and small businesses, we need to provide certainty by extending the current tax rates for all Americans and the House has done just that."
* On August 1, 2012, Congressman Stutzman acted to prevent scheduled tax increases by voting for H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act, which extended current tax rates for one year. The legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 256-171, with 19 Democrats joining the majority.
* On December 20, 2012, the House passed H.R. 6684, the Spending Reduction Act of 2012, which replaces the defense sequester with strategic, common-sense spending cuts and reduces the national deficit by nearly $200 billion more than the original sequester.
* On December 16, 2010, Congressman Stutzman voted to extend tax rates for all Americans when H.R. 4853, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, passed the House by a vote of 277-148. President Obama signed the legislation into law on December 17, 2010.