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Tax Extenders Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ROSKAM. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

I think it's a sad argument, ironically, that the majority is using, and that is to kind of procedurally hold hostage, a group of teachers who are counting on predictability and clarity and forthrightness and transparency from this Congress, and now it is 21 days before a tax provision upon which they are going to rely is now dangling before them.

And what this House is being told by the majority is either you vote for these teachers or you push them off, and these are your choices. Is that really as good as it gets? Is that really as robust a tax provision and a tax policy that we can come up with, to dangle a group of teachers out and sort of manipulate them on the House floor in terms of an argument and say, ``You're either for teachers or you're not''?

Well, I think the American public sees through that argument, Mr. Speaker. I think that the American public has a hope and an expectation that we are not going to get to this false trade; that is, that we are going to permanently increase taxes on job creators while offering temporary tax relief. That's a bad deal. That's a real bad deal all the way around.

And it gets particularly difficult if you think about the extension of that logic: Are we going to have this same debate in the 2010 cycle when we're going to be dealing with tax rates, we're going to be talking about dividend rates, and we're going to be talking about individual rates? Are we going to be having this same permanent tax increase in exchange for temporary tax relief?

Mr. Speaker, that's a bad deal. We ought to walk away from this. We ought to vote ``no'' and send this back to the committee where it belongs.


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