|00:00:01||SPEAKER, TAX CUTS DELAYED ARE TAX CUTS DENIED.|
|00:00:04||LAST YEAR JUST BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS EXTENDED THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, NO STRINGS ATTACHED.|
|00:00:14||AND THIS YEAR REPUBLICANS WON'T EVEN ALLOW A VOTE TO EXTEND MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS.|
|00:00:22||REPUBLICANS WANT TO PROCRASTINATE, DEMOCRATS WANT TO LEGISLATE.|
|00:00:26||WHEN IT COMES TO MILLIONAIRES, THE REPUBLICANS ARE SANTA CLAUS.|
|00:00:29||FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, THEY'RE THE GRIVERAGE.|
|00:00:34||THIS ISN'T -- GRINCH.|
|00:00:35||THIS ISN'T MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, MR.|
|00:00:37||SPEAKER. WE DON'T NEED TOMORROW CRUISE TO SAVE SENIORS, THE MIDDLE CLASS -- TOM CRUISE TO SAVE SENIORS, THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT.|
|00:00:44||WE JUST NEED TO PASS THE SENATE COMPROMISE RIGHT NOW.|
|00:00:48||BUT NOT ALLOWING -- BY NOT ALLOWING AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THIS COMPROMISE, THE REPUBLICANS ARE RAISING A CURTAIN ON THEIR REAL PRIORITIES.|
|00:00:56||MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES.|
|00:00:58||AMERICANS DON'T NEED ANY MORE MEETSINGS OR DEBATE, THEY JUST NEED US TO MAKE SURE THEIR TAXES DO NOT GO UP ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.|
|00:01:07||TODAY WE CAN PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS.|
|00:01:10||THE SENIORS AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT BY PASSING THIS BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE RIGHT NOW.|
Mr. MARKEY. Mr. Speaker, tax cuts delayed are tax cuts denied. Last year, just before the holidays, the House Republicans extended the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, no strings attached. And this year, Republicans won't even allow a vote to extend middle class tax cuts. Republicans want to procrastinate. Democrats want to legislate.
When it comes to millionaires, the Republicans are Santa Claus. For the middle class, they are the Grinch. This isn't ``Mission Impossible,'' Mr. Speaker. We don't need Tom Cruise to save seniors, the middle class and the unemployed. We just need to pass the Senate compromise right now. By not allowing an up-or-down vote on this bipartisan compromise, the Republicans are raising the curtain on their real priorities: millionaires and billionaires.
Americans don't need any more meetings, and they don't need any more debate. They just need us to make sure their taxes do not go up on New Year's Day. Today, we can protect the middle class, the seniors, and the unemployed by passing this bipartisan compromise right now. Do it now.