Apparently Hirono is catching hell from her Obamabot base. So she sent this email out today. We have underlined the one core truth, the rest is spin….
MaziEmail: Tax Bill Affects Us All
The intense debate over the tax plan coming up for a vote in the Senate and probably the House this week centers on the opposing goals of Democrats and Republicans based on who we want to help. The Republicans have made it plain over and over that extending the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans is their top priority, and they will stop all tax proposals that do not contain this extension. Democrats have been just as plain that tax cuts for the middle class and extension of unemployment benefits are our top priorities.
This is not just a fight over philosophy or ideology, although they lie at the base of our different priorities. This fight has real life pocketbook consequences for millions of unemployed Americans and middle class families next year.
I have heard from those of you who want me to vote against this proposal and those of you who want me to “hold my nose” and vote for it. What’s clear is that both groups want the middle class tax cuts and unemployment benefits to be extended---goals I strongly support through my votes and in remarks on the House floor.
I have discussed my concerns with the White House, including with the President, in the last few days. I voted with the majority of the caucus in the House last week to express our opposition to the bill in its current form. I’ve voted for bills in the House that extended the middle class tax cuts and unemployment insurance. I continue my own outreach to community leaders in Hawaii to hear their views, pro and con. I will be guided by what I honestly believe would be best for Hawaii and for the people we fight for. Thank you for your understanding.
If you would like to know what is currently on the table regarding the high- and middle-income tax cuts, unemployment insurance extension, and other major provisions of this bill, click here. For further details on other tax relief provisions in this bill, including provisions related to the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Alternative Minimum Tax exemption, please call my Hawaii office at (808) 541-1986 or email my D.C. staff: HI02taxquestions@mail.house.gov.
Mazie K. Hirono
Member of Congress
2nd District of Hawaii