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House Republican leadership protects tax cuts for rich and corporations

Boehner, Ryan refuse to allow Bush-era tax cuts to expire for richest two percent


WASHINGTON - August 01, 2012 -

Statement from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel regarding today’s House vote to sunset Bush-era tax cuts. The Senate passed identical legislation last week with a vote of 51-48.

“Today House Republican leadership gave the richest two percent another handout, while pulling the rug out from under millions of children and their families who are falling out of the middle class and into poverty at an alarming rate.

“We are long past time to fix a tax system where a hedge fund manager pays a lower federal income tax than the teacher who educates our children. It’s time for everyone to pay their fair share.

“Working families and the middle class lost today, while the very rich and corporations won. Working families simply have nothing else to give. And why should they? Despite the rhetoric, there are better options for our economy and country.

“NEA’s three million-plus members simply can't understand why politicians insist on giving tax breaks to those who don’t need it, while abandoning the working families who do.”

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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.

CONTACT: Sara Robertson  (202) 822-7823, srobertson@nea.org