WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4853, the Middle Class Tax Relief Act. U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, issued the following statement after he opposed the Democrat’s plan to ensure that taxes increase next year for many hard-working families and small businesses:
“Americans overwhelmingly believe that prosperity comes from entrepreneurs and free enterprise, not government.
“Rather than focusing on immediate short-term increases in disposable income and welfare spending, we should be enforcing policies that foster long-term growth. Instead, the debate has been focused on who can afford to pay more to fund the excessive government spending.
“To stabilize our economy, and to see it flourish once again, we need to permanently halt all tax increases scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011. That means Congress must work to protect every family, regardless of income, and the entrepreneurs and small business owners who produce needed jobs across the nation.
“Small business owners here in Louisiana want to invest in their companies and hire new workers. Unfortunately, they are bracing for costly new tax increases in place of growing their businesses. Especially during times of high unemployment, we need to do more to restore certainty in our markets and make certain no American in the 5th District, state or nation faces higher taxes next year.”