Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on "Fiscal Cliff" Negotiations and Bush Tax Cuts

We agree with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's call that the budget-busting Bush tax cuts for the wealthy must come to an end.

President Obama won re-election in part based on his campaign commitment to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Those Republican tax cuts, along with paying for two wars on the nation's credit card and the Wall Street financial crisis, are more than anything else responsible for the deficits Republicans now decry.

The Senate has already passed a bill extending the middle class tax cuts for 98% of Americans and Democrats in the House stand ready to vote for it. It's now up to Republicans in the House to quit stalling, quit hemming, quit hawing and take their medicine for the health of our economy and our nation.

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