Washington, D.C.–Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today.
“Speaker Boehner should allow an up-or-down vote on the compromise that Senator McConnell and I negotiated at Speaker Boehner’s request, and which was supported by 89 Republican and Democratic senators.
“With millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet, it would be unconscionable for Speaker Boehner to block a bipartisan agreement that would protect middle-class families from the thousand-dollar tax increase looming on January first. It is time for Speaker Boehner to follow through.
“The bipartisan consensus behind the Senate’s approach has grown stronger since we passed our compromise legislation. Senator McConnell said that our bill is ‘designed to pass,’ and I was encouraged to see courageous Republicans in both the House and Senate speak out against Speaker Boehner’s decision to put politics ahead of middle-class Americans’ economic security.
“I have been working for weeks to negotiate a year-long extension with Republicans. But as we approach the end of the year, it is time to make sure that no matter what else happens, middle class families will not wake up to a tax increase on January 1st. I am happy to continue negotiations on a yearlong deal as soon as the House of Representatives passes the Senate’s bipartisan compromise, and prevents a tax hike from hitting middle-class families.”