Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, for any negotiation to be successful, both parties involved must first identify things on which they can agree. Fortunately, we already have agreed: middle class tax cuts need to be protected. Sixty percent of Americans agree that extending the middle class tax cuts and letting those for the wealthiest expire is a good compromise and the right thing to do.
Some of our Republican colleagues agree, saying we ought to give 98 percent of all Americans an early Christmas present by extending the middle class tax cuts. Sadly, other Republicans do not share that holiday spirit. In their zeal to protect the tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent, they are willing to present themselves as the grinch that stole Christmas.
Let's not let another opportunity pass. Let's show that we were listening on election day to our constituents who want us to work together to protect the middle class and the economy and get something done for America. Sign the discharge petition.