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Statement on Fiscal Cliff Deadline


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) spoke on the House Floor regarding the looming fiscal cliff deadline:

Mr. Speaker, the American people are looking at Congress with disdain — and rightfully so. With the deadline on the fiscal cliff a day away, we have failed to reach a reasonable compromise to move the economy forward and ward off painful tax hikes on the middle class.

The majority of Americans have sent us a clear message of what they want in this deal: a fair tax system, an economy that works for everyone, and a strong social safety net. These are classic American values, and throughout our history, Members of both parties have made compromises in order to protect them.

Those compromises reflect not just the will of the people, but the way they do business.

Every day of their lives, American workers solve problems and collaborate with their co-workers to meet objectives. American workers don’t get to wait until after the deadline passes to get the job done. If they do, they lose their jobs.

The American people can’t just go home if they don’t get their way. And yet that’s exactly what House Republican Leadership did earlier this month. I hope it’s not what they plan to do again this week.

Mr. Speaker, if my colleagues don’t wake up and respond to what the American people want, they will be the ones to ultimately lose their jobs — and rightfully so.