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American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Floor Speech

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Ms. SCHWARTZ. I rise this evening in strong support of the Jobs Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012. By passing this bill, Congress provides economic security and certainty for middle class families.

This legislation, which passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, permanently extends tax cuts for 99 percent of American families and small businesses, it protects seniors' access to doctors, it expands affordability of college for millions of young people, it makes vital investments that build economic growth and new jobs in this country, and it averts the fiscal cliff and the harmful economic consequences that might have resulted.

As we close out this Congress, we've reached resolution on a major issue facing this Congress and our Nation: fairer tax policy for our families and our businesses.

There's more work to do. In the next Congress, my guess is that it will be just as difficult to reach bipartisan solutions, but that doesn't mean it can't be done. Tonight's vote, I hope, demonstrates that in fact it can, and it benefits American families and American businesses and America's future.


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