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Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendments to H.R. 3630, Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011; Providing For Consideration of House Resolution 501, Sense of House Regarding Any Final Measure to Extend Certain Expiring Provisions

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. NUGENT. I would like to thank the gentleman from South Carolina for yielding me this time.

Mr. Speaker, just think about this. Three days ago, Saturday, President Obama said: ``It would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle class tax cut for the rest of the year.''

The same day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said: ``House Democrats will return to Washington to take up this legislation without delay, and we will keep up the fight to extend these provisions for a full year.''

And on Saturday, Minority Whip Hoyer said he was disappointed that the Senate would not agree to a longer-term extension.

Mr. Speaker, what the Senate has done--and we've heard this term so many times before--it's about business as usual. Let's not make a decision we can put off for another 2 months. This House, in a bipartisan way last week, came up with a 1-year extension and a 2-year doc fix extension that will help those individuals provide medical services to our seniors, that gives them a sustainable way to look forward on our docs and a doc fix for 2 years, not 2 months.

When you hear from other individuals in the real world, those that have to implement a policy that was designed by those in the Senate for 2 months, think about it. When you have to report that tax to the Federal Government, it's quarterly, not 2 months. How are they supposed to do that? How do you reconcile that difference? Once again, the Senate refused to take action that the House did. Everybody talks about what the Senate has done. The House passed a bipartisan bill and moved it forward in regards to a 1-year extension on unemployment benefits, 1-year extension in regards to the payroll tax, and a 2-year doc fix. That's what the House did.

Now all we're asking is that we go to regular order, just like they have done for hundreds of years when the two bodies can't agree. When the two bodies can't agree, they go to conference, where conferees from both sides sit down and hash it out and come up with a resolution to bring back to both bodies. That's what you're supposed to do. That's what our Founding Fathers envisioned; not backroom deals, not things cut in the dead of night. It's not about us voting--and thank God that our Speaker saw the light in regards to not voting in the dead of night. He believes in regular order. He believes that we should move forward as a body and go to conference with our Senate brothers and sisters to decide the course that we need to make.

I can't believe, I can't believe that there aren't folks in the Senate that couldn't get this done with our Members in this House and get it done in 2 weeks.

Mr. Speaker, I support the rule, and I wholeheartedly support the underlying legislation.


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