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Middle Class Tax Cut Act--Motion to Proceed

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. JOHANNS. Mr. President, I am here to make another statement, but I do want to associate myself with what the two Senators had to say, the Senator from Missouri and the Senator from Tennessee. I look at our assignment between now and the end of the year, and we have some monumental issues to tackle. In fact, they are so monumental that many are referring to the work that needs to be done as a fiscal cliff. Some are talking in the vein that we are going to cause another recession unless we come to grips with these issues.

I look at this week and so many weeks that have passed this year and nothing has been done. I am going to guess when this week is all said and done, we will probably take three votes. That seems unbelievable for the Senate. It doesn't have to be this way at all. We could be addressing the important issues that face our Nation. There isn't any reason we should not be addressing those issues. Let's debate bills, vote on them, and do the right thing for our country.

I thank the two Senators for their comments and I am pleased to be able to associate myself.

I yield the floor.


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