Why DeLauro Voted No On Budget Deal

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Spurning 172 of her Democratic colleagues in the House, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted against the budget compromise that passed Tuesday night. She said more taxpayers should be paying higher taxes:

“I have consistently supported making the tax cuts for the first $250,000 of household income permanent and I am pleased this bill does so.  I am also pleased that this legislation extends unemployment insurance, allows some high-end tax rates to return to Clinton-era levels, and extends tax credits that benefit the working poor and students.  Those are reasons to support it, but are not enough.    
 
\"rosa“I question whether those making above $250,000 need tax cuts and I cannot support an extension of the Bush tax cuts to those making up to $450,000.  At the same time, this legislation fails to address the expiring payroll tax cut, meaning that millions of middle class families will see as much as a $2,200 tax increase, beginning with less take home pay in their next paycheck. This is regrettable.
 
“This legislation makes permanent a tax structure that benefits the wealthy – it provides permanent tax rates to the wealthy while only providing temporary tax credits to working and middle class families.  A $10 million estate tax exemption is now permanent, while the Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit are only temporary.   
 
“This legislation also does not permanently address the automatic spending cuts which threaten to cost thousands of jobs, and the debt ceiling, which if not raised, as we saw a little more than a year ago, could wreck havoc on our economy.  That means we will be back two months from now under another fiscal cloud – and with many of the same people that created this crisis once again holding the economy hostage while this time calling for benefit cuts to Social Security and Medicare.   This once again will put the middle class at risk.” 

 

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2 thoughts on “Why DeLauro Voted No On Budget Deal

  1. Abdi Elmi

    The explanation offered by this Democratic politician is not enough to vote NO. This was one of the few times I seen Democratic congressmen/congresswomen unite against unrelenting and uncompromising Republicans. In addition, we as middle class working citizens got something out of this deal, and most importantly the unemployment benefits were approved for additional period. Also, the highest income earners are going to pay some taxes, at last. There is no perfect deal, and we all have to compromise for the good of the country and its citizens. I am very disappointed with Representative Rosa Delauro’s no vote and the Democratic Party should and must find a replacement for her in the next election. It is about time for the Democratic Party in CT to find an alternative candidate for DeLauro seat.

  2. Kim

    “This legislation also does not permanently address the automatic spending cuts which threaten to cost thousands of jobs, and the debt ceiling, which if not raised, as we saw a little more than a year ago, could wreck havoc on our economy. That means we will be back two months from now under another fiscal cloud – and with many of the same people that created this crisis once again holding the economy hostage while this time calling for benefit cuts to Social Security and Medicare. This once again will put the middle class at risk.”

    Rosa, YOU put the middle class at risk. The state of CT receives no positive benefit from the money and benefits pouring into YOUR pockets

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