Rep. Loretta Sanchez votes to extend critical tax cuts for middle class families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), a member of the bipartisan Joint Economic Committee, today voted to extend middle-class tax cuts that will spur economic growth in Orange County and across the country. The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, an amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 4853, would extend tax cuts for millions of families and small businesses without the deficit-busting baggage of new tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Unless Congress acts, tax cuts for middle class families will expire on January 1.

“Extending these tax cuts will save middle-class families in my community nearly $1,000 per year,” said Rep. Sanchez. “That kind of money matters when you’re struggling with a tough economy. The fact that Republicans would hold these tax cuts hostage for 97% of small businesses and working families really shows how out-of-touch they are with the American public.”

Under the Middle Class Tax Relief Act, 97% of American families and small businesses will get tax cuts of $1.5 trillion over 10 years. For all families making less than $250,000 a year, the bill permanently extends the 2001/2003 tax cuts, including current tax rates, marriage penalty relief (including the Earned Income Tax Credit), capital gains and dividend rates, and $1,000 child tax credit for earnings above $3,000. The bill also protects more than 25 million taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax by extending the alternative minimum tax (AMT) patch through 2011 and permanently extends small business expensing.

The bill also allows the fiscally irresponsible, Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest 3% of Americans to expire. If extended, these budget-busting tax cuts would saddle our children with more than $700 billion in debt, nearly 80 percent of which would be used to provide millionaires and billionaires with an average bonus tax cut of $100,000 a year (Joint Committee on Taxation, 8/10/10). Economists say extending these cuts is the wrong way to strengthen the economy and create jobs, especially at a time when the U.S. debt exceeds $13 trillion.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 47th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and parts of Fullerton in Orange County. She serves as Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats, and Capabilities. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.

  3 comments for “Rep. Loretta Sanchez votes to extend critical tax cuts for middle class families

  1. December 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    There is a $15.3 trillion dollar separation between reality and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.
    She complains about the pocket change $700 billion in tax cuts for the upper 3%, while having nothing to say about the $16 trillion dollars in bailouts, (with some of bailout trillions going to foreign banks).
    She’s good at playing the tax bracket envy game,
    But dealing with a bankrupt global financial system, – not so good.

    Sen. Sanders Compels Fed Release of Info on ‘$16 Trillion’ In Bailouts; Calls for Glass Steagall December 2, 2010 • 8:51AM

  2. December 3, 2010 at 12:12 am

    You wouldn’t be talking about that TARP bailout that’s like 90% paid back after saving our economy, would you, LaRouchie? Or the bailout of General Motors which saved & transformed a great American business and created thousands of new jobs already, would you, LaRouchie?

  3. December 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) comments on the TARP, in the LaRouche link in my post above.

    “We learned today that TARP was pocket change,” Sanders said, “compared to trillions in near-zero interest loans doled out by the Fed to virtually every major bank and many large non-bank corporations: Goldman Sachs, $600 billion; Citigroup, $1 trillion; Bank of America, $700 billion; Merrill-Lynch, $1.2 trillion; Morgan Stanley, $1.5 trillion. Non-bank companies received huge bailout loans: GE, McDonalds, Caterpillar, Harley-Davidson, Verizon, and AIG of course. And most surprising, huge amounts were loaned to European megabanks, including Deutschebank and Credit Suisse, each with about $300 billion in mortgage bonds sold to the Fed.”

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