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Republicans Against the Tax Deal
Friday, 17 December 2010

December 17--  U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-9) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 4853, President Obama’s tax deal, which passed the House by a vote of 277-148:

“One of the central promises I made to Georgians during my campaign was that my vote would always be on the side of fiscal discipline, even if it meant going against the grain.  When the House voted on the President’s tax deal, I kept my promise.

“I could not support a bill that simply kicked our economic problems down the road.  Approving more deficit spending and temporarily extending tax rates means we will continue the cycle of uncertainty and have another tax fight in two years.  American families and businesses can’t afford to budget around the erratic ways of Congress.  The responsible path is to promote economic stability by reducing spending and making the current tax rates permanent.”


Five members of the Georgia delegation voted against the measure: Reps. Graves, Broun, Gingrey, Kingston, and Linder.

On Wednesday, December 15, the Democrat-run House Rules Committee blocked Rep. Graves’ effort to offer an amendment to President Obama’s tax deal.  Rep. Graves’ plan, called the ‘Common Ground Taxpayers Relief Act,’ would have given House members the option to amend the tax deal to permanently extend the tax rates and pay for its spending measures.

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