On the evening of January 1st, Rep. Slaughter took to the House Floor to speak on the Senate legislation to avert impending economic damage caused by the “fiscal cliff”. Earlier this year, Rep. Slaughter joined Democratic Ranking Members to send a letter to Rep. John Boehner urging a swift and responsible resolution to the fiscal cliff.
“Today’s legislation is far from perfect and the process that has led us here has been an utter disgrace, said Slaughter. “Yet in this time of crisis, we must act first and foremost to protect the American economy. Today’s legislation will do just that.”
Slaughter continued, “In the coming weeks, we must continue the hard work of creating a fair tax code and ensuring that we reduce our deficit in a balanced and responsible way. As we do, I urge my fellow Members to avoid brinksmanship and partisan games, and come to the table in good faith on behalf of the American people.”
Throughout the year, Slaughter has been a leader in Congress in the effort to avert the fiscal cliff. In July of this year, Slaughter joined with Democratic Leadership and Committee Ranking Members in issuing a letter to Speaker John Boehner urging “immediate negotiations with Democrats on replacing the scheduled 2013 sequester with a balanced deficit reduction plan.”
The letter, signed by Slaughter and the 20 other leading Democrats on each of the House’s standing committees, urged Speaker Boehner to “negotiate an alternative to the sequester.” Slaughter and her colleagues strongly recommended “that this bipartisan process begin before the August recess so that the American people can be reassured before September 30 that the sequester will not take effect.”
Earlier this year, Slaughter introduced legislation requiring the U.S. House of Representatives to forego its scheduled August adjournment unless a law is enacted to provide for the extension of middle class tax cuts. In addition to supporting the extension of tax relief provisions for taxpayers with incomes below $250,000 for married couples filing jointly and $200,000 for single filers, Slaughter’s resolution called for legislation to specifically provide expanded tax relief for working families with children and college students. The legislation was defeated due to Republican opposition.