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House GOP Leadership's driving country closer to fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON - December 20, 2012 -

Lacking Republican support, Speaker Boehner was forced to pull his Plan B tax bill tonight, a short time after the House narrowly passed legislation that would impose cuts on vital programs and services on which millions of Americans rely. With no solution to the looming fiscal cliff in sight, the House then adjourned until after Christmas.

The following is a statement from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“More than 300 million Americans counted on Speaker Boehner to make the right choice and find a balanced deal for America’s hardworking families. Disappointingly, he chose to ignore their will and rammed through the House of Representatives an unfair and unbalanced bill that cuts important priorities, then failed to pass any bill to increase any revenues, driving the country closer to the so called fiscal cliff. 

 “By asking little to nothing from the richest two percent and pushing harmful cuts to vital programs, the House Republican Leadership  is responsible for putting the brunt of the economic crisis on the middle class, students and our most vulnerable.  With only days away from inflicting tremendous, irreversible harm to millions of students because of deep across the board cuts, Speaker Boehner and the House Republican Leaders have abdicated their responsibility to the American people and demonstrated their disdain for voters’ demand for a balanced compromise.

“Americans are tired of the games.  Congress needs to get its priorities straight, make the right choices and stand up for middle class families and students. We continue to call on lawmakers to work out a good deal for hard working families, extend the middle-class tax cuts that have bipartisan support and ask the rich and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. It is not too late to do the right thing.”


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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.


Miguel A González