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Tax cut vote provides contrast between possible Senate rivals LeMieux and Mack



Two Republicans. Two potential candidates for U.S. Senate. And two similar complaints but two different votes on President Obama's $858 billion tax cut deal.

Sen. George LeMieux voted yes. Rep. Connie Mack voted no.

Here's what each of them had to say last week.

Mack: “President Obama’s solution to tax relief is far from permanent. It adds tens of billions of dollars in new spending with minimal offsets and does nothing to bring the needed certainty to the marketplace. We should make tax relief permanent. All the rest of the 'political junk' in this legislation is simply Washington playing games with people’s lives and livelihoods – games which the American people demanded an end to on November 2nd. The legislation that passed the House of Representatives this evening would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts by two years and add provisions from the 'stimulus' bill at a cost of $40 billion – falling far short of what is needed for our nation’s economic recovery."

LeMieux: “Families in Florida and our nation continue to face severe economic challenges.  Voting against the tax relief bill would be a vote to raise taxes when our citizens are suffering and I will not saddle Floridians with the burden of higher taxes. The tax relief bill stops the January 1 tax hike and I intend to vote for it, but this compromise product is not without significant failings. In exchange for avoiding a tax increase, Washington’s politics-as-usual style of brokering has produced a bill that adds billions in deficit spending. Congress’ first order of business next session should be an across the board spending cap. Unless our Federal government’s spending is reined in, our national debt will threaten the prosperity of our people and the continuation of our Republic.”

[Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 7:06pm]


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