NJ Senator: Democrats Not Bluffing On Tax Package

TRENTON (WCBS 880) — Many people thought Democrats were just playing possum when they said they wouldn’t vote for the tax cut. One local senator said those people are sorely mistaken.

House Democrats, upset that Republicans held up extending the tax cuts to give wealthy households a break, are not bluffing, said New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.

Menendez said if the cuts expire, the amount of taxes withheld will rise.

“The House Democrats are very, very, very sincere in that they feel too much has been given,” Sen. Menendez said. “You know, there is $46 billion that’s been given to multimillionaires and billionaires.”

Menendez said that’s made many House Democrats not want to compromise with Republicans, who refuse to budge. He said it comes down one question: whether Democrats would raise taxes on the middle class to make a point.

Menendez said he will vote for the package that many of his fellow Democrats refuse to support.

“I’m not about, in this economy, to hurt middle class families,” Sen. Menendez said. “We’ve got to stand up for the middle class – it’s what made America great.”

Menendez said other needed measures are in the package, like a child tax credit and extending unemployment benefits.

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  • Tom

    I live in N.J. And Menendez could very,well be the worst senator in the country….

  • Shirley Ranz

    The Bush Era tax cuts have been around most of the decade and as of yet done nothing to stimulate the economy or create any jobs. Why should anyone think that anything will change if these cuts to the wealthy are extended for 2 more years?

  • Tom

    Sen. Menendez said. “You know, there is $46 billion that’s been given to multimillionaires and billionaires.”

    It’s their own money. Lets call it what it is and say “letting them keep more of their own money”. “giving” is what is done for the people who don’t have anything and/or don’t pay anything into the system.

    This plan is a crock anyway – take in less and pay out more. Yeah, that’ll solve the problem. Our kids are doomed because nobody ever wants to pay the piper.

  • Christine Porter

    we nwwd the repblicains

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