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Mr. POLIS. I thank the gentlelady from New York for the time.
These last 2 weeks have really shown us the tax-and-spend Republican Party up close. First we passed a defense authorization with over $800 million in earmarks, according to a study by Claire McCaskill. Then we passed a huge omnibus spending bill that spent over $900 billion, actually increasing defense spending, all deficit spending, spending, spending, spending. But, oh, now it gets worse. Republicans are poised today to raise taxes by tens of billions of dollars. Worse yet, they are not even allowing a vote to keep taxes where they are.
Whether this bill passes or not, make no mistake, it's purely symbolic as it advances no bill to President Obama to keep taxes where they are. And so they will go up on January 1 by $1,000 for the average American family, costing American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars without even helping reduce the deficit, since this Republican tax increase is money the Republicans already spent last week in the omnibus $900 billion spending spree.
Spending, spending, spending. Taxes, taxes, taxes. The deficit goes up, up, up. You can't tax your way out of this budget problem this country is in, but the Republicans have been trying to do just that for these last few weeks.
To solve our budget problem, we need to cut spending. Now, there are some balanced plans out there; and most experts agree that as part of a balanced plan with spending cuts, some revenues are necessary.
In fact, President Obama put together the Simpson-Bowles bipartisan plan. The Republican leadership didn't allow a vote.
The ``Gang of Six'' in the Senate put together a bipartisan proposal to cut spending and balance the budget. The Republican leadership didn't allow a vote.
The supercommittee was supposed to come out with a budget fix that includes everything we're talking about here today--the SGR fix, the payroll tax, unemployment insurance--but it failed. The Republicans walked away.
Now, President Obama and a bipartisan group of 90 percent of the Senate proposed not increasing taxes, and yet the Republicans are refusing to bring it to the floor. So, instead of a balanced plan with spending cuts, here we are on the heels of a huge Republican omnibus spending bill with record deficit spending and tax increases, raising taxes, and raising taxes on the middle class. The tax-and-spend Republican Party is here today and here to stay.
Not only that, but while the people of the country are waking up, Congress is going to sleep. With 10 days left and so much work to do, Republicans took the evening off rather than working through the night to try to get something as quickly as possible so the Senate might be able to reconvene. They gave themselves the night off. Congress didn't even debate this topic or have a single vote yesterday night with 10 days to go.
I urge a ``no'' vote on the rule, a ``no'' vote on the bill, and urge the Speaker and the tax-and-spend Republican leadership to let us vote now on preventing a huge tax increase on January 1.
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