Pelosi fires up discharge petition to extend middle-class tax cuts

“Tax cuts for the rich, which do not create jobs, just increase the deficit, heaping mountains of debt onto future generations," Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday. “Tax cuts for the rich, which do not create jobs, just increase the deficit, heaping mountains of debt onto future generations," Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday said she would file a rarely used discharge petition in a bid to force a House floor vote on a Senate-passed bill to extend the George W. Bush tax cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans.

At her Friday press conference, Pelosi said, "As you know, as we've been saying, as the President has said, he has his pen in hand, he is ready to sign the middle income tax cut. Last July, that legislation passed the United States Senate -- the exact same bill was introduced in the House at that time, and since then we have been asking the Republican leadership to bring the middle-income tax cut to the floor. The clock is ticking. The year is ending. It’s really important, with tax legislation, for it to happen now.”

If the House majority does not schedule such a vote, then Democrats on Tuesday will file a discharge petition, which would force the vote if it attracts 218 signatures in the House.

“We’re calling upon the Republican leadership in the House to bring this legislation to the floor next week. We believe that not doing that would be holding middle-income tax cuts hostage to tax cuts for the rich,” Pelosi said. “Tax cuts for the rich, which do not create jobs, just increase the deficit, heaping mountains of debt onto future generations.” The bill, she added, “has tremendous support in the Republican Caucus -- I think we would get a 100 percent vote on it if it came to the floor.”

Pelosi reiterated Democratic positions on avoiding the fiscal cliff, applauding President Obama for “sticking with his big, bold, and balanced approach.” Elections have consequences, she added. “The president campaigned, he made it very clear … that he was supporting a tax cut for the middle class, that he wanted the expiration of the tax cuts for the high end. The American people know that debate; they voted for him … if you look at the polls on the subject, it is overwhelming support for repeal of the high-end tax cuts to reduce the deficit and also to grow our economy.”

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said Republicans have offered a balanced approach to averting the fiscal cliff, but the president is "not being serious about coming to an agreement." The White House, he added, is holding tax increases over the heads of the middle class while demanding more spending and tax rate hikes that will hurt small businesses.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.