Candidate for the 23rd Congressional District Matt Doheny has called yesterday's House of Representatives action to adjourn Congress before dealing with the extension of the so-called Bush-era tax cuts "politicking at its worst."
Incumbent Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the majority of Democrats in voting to adjourn Congress Wednesday afternoon, effectively precluding any House action on the taxes until after the November 2 general election. The cuts which are set to expire at the end of this year.
All House Republicans and 39 Democrats voted against the adjournment yesterday.
"As the country's economy remains stalled, Rep. Owens has maintained his record of voting with House Speaker Pelosi 93 percent of the time, and joined her in agreeing to leave Washington before dealing with the extension of the Bush tax cuts," Doheny said. "Individuals and businesses alike are left in limbo until after the general election, not knowing what new taxes might be coming down the road from this Congress. In this economic climate it's unconscionable."
It has been estimated that a repeal of the cuts would mean some $1.8 trillion in increased tax payments over the next 10 years -- on everything from small businesses to property transactions to inheritances.
Doheny is in favor of extending the tax cuts. He is seeking the 23rd District seat on the Republican and Independence Party lines on November 2.