Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today:
(WASHINGTON, DC)–“I am surprised at the Republican leadership’s insensitivity toward the events of the last week. With thousands presumed dead after Hurricane Katrina and families uprooted all along the Gulf Coast, giving tax breaks to millionaires should be the last thing on the Senate’s agenda. I understand that the Senate shouldn’t grind to a halt as a result of Hurricane Katrina, but there are issues that are of much greater importance both to the people directly affected by the hurricane as well as the nation as a whole than estate tax repeal.
“This shouldn’t even be a choice. Families have been torn apart and homes have been washed in four states. These victims deserve the Senate’s time, not the handful of millionaires repealing the Estate Tax will affect. I once again urge Senator Frist to reconsider his decision. Gulf Coast families are counting on us. They are suffering, and they have no where else to turn. We owe it to them to make their safety and survival our top priority, and we should give them nothing less. Regardless of how one feels about the estate tax, we should all be able to agree that the Senate’s attention should be on the victims of this crisis.