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American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support this bill because essentially we have two choices here: We either vote for this bill and we prevent us from going over the cliff, or we go over the cliff. That would certainly wreak havoc with the market and with everything else.

But it never should have come to this. We should have been negotiating and passing a balanced bill. The American people are really fed up with what they see in the dysfunctional Congress. Harry Truman back in 1948 when he was running for President campaigned against the 80th, and he called it the ``do nothing'' 80th Congress. That ``do nothing'' Congress passed three times as many bills as the 112th Congress did. And so here we are at the last minute, and we are rushing to pass this bill. It never should have happened this way.

I commend President Obama and Vice President Biden for protecting the middle class with this and for doing the best that they can; but, my friends and my colleagues, we are going to have to work to meet in a sensible center. We are going to have to not play these brinksmanship games. The American people don't want it.

President Obama won reelection campaigning for the middle class. This keeps those priorities, and we ought to support it.


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