Congresswoman Betty McCollum returned to Washington, DC yesterday as the "fiscal cliff" deadline approaches on January 1, 2013. She issued the following statement urging all Members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, to return to Washington to press President Obama, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner for an agreement to protect middle class taxpayer from higher taxes in the New Year.
"Americans are now back to work following the Christmas holiday and it's time for Congress to do the same and immediately return to Washington to pass an extension of the middle class tax cuts, protecting 98% of American taxpayers. If House leadership is unwilling to act then rank and file House members have an obligation to turn up the pressure. Congress should pass the middle class tax cut extension this weekend while allowing negotiations to continue on the other elements of the "fiscal cliff' that require more time."