Representative Gardner Votes to Let Lawmakers Take Vacation & to Block Middle Class Tax Cut
Representative Cory Gardner (CO-04) has the wrong priorities. Gardner voted to let Washington lawmakers leave for a holiday vacation and also voted to block the bipartisan Senate plan for a $1,000 payroll tax cut for 160 million middle income taxpayers. By going on vacation without passing the payroll tax cut, Gardner is responsible for $1,000 payroll tax hike that begins on January 1, 2012.
“No wonder Americans have lost faith in the Republican Congress—Representative Cory Gardner voted allow lawmakers go on vacation and to block a $1,000 payroll tax cut for the middle class,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “After 39 Republican Senators voted to compromise, Representative Gardner voted for the radical Tea Party Republican plan to hike taxes on 2.5 million Colorado middle income families.”
While Gardner has relentlessly voted to protect tax breaks for the ultra wealthy and Big Oil, he voted today to hike taxes on middle income families.
Gardner Voted to Allow the House to Be Adjourned After December 16, 2011. Gardner voted for a resolution that allows for the House of Representatives to be adjourned after December 16, 2011. [H Res 493, Vote #926, 12/14/11; H Res 493, 12/13/11]
Gardner Voted to Block a Bipartisan Senate Plan for a $1,000 Payroll Tax Cut to 160 Million Americans. Gardner voted to disagree with a bipartisan Senate Plan that would have extended a $1,000 Payroll Tax Cut to 160 Million Americans. [HR 3630, Vote # 946, 12/20/11; CBS News, 12/20/11; ABC News, 12/20/11]
Gardner’s Vote Makes it More Likely Workers Will See Their Payroll Taxes Raise in January. According to The Hill, “The move also raises the likelihood that workers will see their payroll taxes rise in January when the current tax cut expires.” [The Hill, 12/20/11]
39 Senate Republicans Vote for Payroll Tax Compromise. “The Senate voted Saturday to temporarily avert a Jan. 1 payroll tax increase and benefit cutoff for the long-time unemployed […] With the still-reeling economy serving as a backdrop, the Senate’s 89-10 vote belied a tortuous battle between Democrats and Republicans that produced the compromise two-month extension of the expiring tax breaks and jobless benefits and forestalled cuts in doctors’ Medicare reimbursements. […] Senate Republicans voted 39-7 in favor of the payroll tax measure. ” [AP, 12/17/11]
Tax increase for 2.5 Million Colorado families. In Colorado, failing to pass the payroll tax cut would mean 2.5 million families would face an average of $1,000 tax increase. In 2010, a two percent payroll tax cut was signed into law, providing an estimated $108.6 billion in tax relief to roughly 159 million workers. If Congress fails to extend this tax break, it will cost the typical American working family $1,000 per year. [Office of Tax Policy – Treasury Department, 11/30/11]