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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "Pass this bill, and stop playing politics with people’s lives"

This afternoon, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz took to the floor of the House of Representatives to speak in firm opposition to the Republicans' plan not to vote on the Senate's two-month payroll tax extension bill and instead play politics with people's livelihoods.

The chair said:

"If we do not pass this, 160 million Americans will face a $1,000 tax increase as we go into the New Year. …

"If we do not act, 2.2 million unemployed Americans will lose their insurance benefits.

"And if we do not act, 48 million seniors will face the specter of having to find new doctors, due to cuts to Medicare reimbursement rates. …

"My Republican colleagues who callously ignore the needs of middle class Americans by refusing to vote on the payroll tax extension and unemployment benefits, are sending the message to millions of working families that despite their efforts to look for and find work in this delicate economy—they simply don’t care.

"The House Republican leadership needs to allow a straight up-or-down vote on the Senate bill that passed 89–10 with strong bipartisan support. Clearly, they’re afraid it might pass.

"I urge you to listen to the plight of constituents like Christine, who said, “I’m asking that they give people more time to find work by pushing these dates back further. I’m having a very hard time trying to find work that will accommodate my living expenses for myself and my three-year-old daughter.”

"Christine has only been on unemployment since September. She needs our help. Millions of Americans need our help. Pass this bill, and stop playing politics with people’s lives."

Tell Congress to put politics aside and do what's best for 160 million Americans. Add your name in support of a payroll tax cut extension.