House Democrats called on their GOP counterparts to return to Washington in October and finish work on must-pass legislation addressing the nation’s looming fiscal crisis, as well as Medicare, agriculture, domestic violence and postal reform. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and a group of 14 House Democrats, said GOP lawmakers should not allow the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts for middle-class Americans at the end of the year. They said Congress should not wait for a lame-duck session after the November elections to address the budget sequestration and defense cuts planned for 2013.
Middle-class tax cuts will expire December 31st. We want to see [people] assured that they will get no tax increase, said House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md. “We want to make sure we address the fiscal cliff and the sequestration that all of us think will be harmful.” House Democrats made their call for renewed action on the House floor and during a press conference on Capitol Hill on October 2. The efforts came just a day before President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney are scheduled to hold the first presidential debate in Colorado. Lawmakers are expected to return to Washington for a lame-duck session of Congress following the November elections.
By Stephen K. Cooper, CCH News Staff