Thursday, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted for the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, a bill to extend tax cuts, unemployment insurance and investments in small businesses and green energy. The bill, which the House passed by a vote of 277 to 148 late Thursday night, was passed by the Senate on Wednesday and now goes to President Obama for his signature into law. Below are Congressman Johnson's remarks.
"Too many Americans are struggling and out of work for us to raise taxes on the middle class, and despite its flaws the compromise will provide critical additional stimulus," said Rep. Johnson.
"President Obama and Democrats secured extension of unemployment insurance, middle class tax cuts, small business tax credits, and tax breaks for parents with kids in college. That is no small feat. I oppose the GOP's cherished cause of tax cuts for top earners, but further investment in economic recovery is too important to withhold my support."