PRESS RELEASE: Congressional Republicans are irresponsibly blocking a bipartisan deal that would protect Medicare and extend unemployment insurance and give tax relief to the middle class, Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, said today. House Republicans are vowing to vote down a bipartisan agreement to extend the provisions which passed the Senate on an 89 to 10 vote. If the provisions are not extended before the end of the month, doctors across the country will stop accepting Medicare patients, 50,000 Washington residents will lose unemployment insurance, and all middle-class workers will see their taxes increase.
"House Republicans are once again irresponsibly bringing us to the brink, manufacturing another crisis that could hit middle-class Americans hard," Larsen said. "I too would have preferred a deal that addressed these issues for a full year, but we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. These kinds of games are meeting people’s low expectations of Congress. The American people want to see us compromise and move forward together. That is exactly what this bill would do.
"While the Tea Party is trying to be the Grinch that stole Christmas, I urge my colleagues to support this bill that would give the 100,000 seniors in my district access to the doctors they need and make sure that 50,000 families in Washington state don’t lose their unemployment insurance on January 1."