Carney’s discharge petition statement

Filed in National by on December 5, 2012

Carney signs petition to force vote on extension of middle-class tax cuts

WASHINGTON — Congressman John Carney (D-DE) today signed a discharge petition, which if signed by 218 members would force a vote on an extension of the middle-class tax cuts:

“Today, I signed a discharge petition in an attempt to force a vote in the House on an extension of the middle-class tax cuts before they expire at the end of the year.

“The debate surrounding the fiscal cliff is not related to the middle-class tax cuts — it’s related to extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and hard choices about where to cut spending. Almost everyone agrees that an extension of the current tax rates for 98 percent of Americans is the right policy moving forward. The disagreement is on what the tax rates should be for incomes over $250,000 a year, which only affects two percent of earners.

“I am hopeful that we can find 25 Republicans to join us in signing this petition. There is much more that needs to be done to pass a comprehensive fiscal plan, but this is one area on which the vast majority of my colleagues agree.”

That’s a fairly good point. If everyone in Congress agrees that the middle class should be able to continue to enjoy absurdly low rates – why don’t the Republicans seize this opportunity for the bi-partisanship high ground they are always crying about?

Oh wait. I forgot. Bipartisanship means Democrats voting for Republican bills.

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  1. jim center says:

    I called his DC office Tuesday afternoon to ask if he was going to sign it. I told the staffer that if Mr. Carney was going to be today’s Mike Castle, he’d end up being yesterday’s Mike Castle as we’ll!

  2. cassandra m says:

    Indeed. This is the kind of legislation that passes the common sense test whether you are captured by the Beltway or not. This is the kind of thing where the opportunity for bipartisanship is genuine.

    As of today, 178 signatures are on the petition. All Democrats, I think.

  3. puck says:

    Staffer to Carney: “Somebody called and said something about Mike Castle. I think he wants you to be more bipartisan.”