Rep. Tom Latham was presented with a golden opportunity today to put partisan politics aside for the good of the middle class families he represents and to help avoid pushing our economy off the ‘fiscal cliff’. Reportedly, the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House filed a ‘discharge petition’ that would force a vote on legislation passed earlier this year in the U.S. Senate – and that GOP House leadership has ignored — to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire for those making more than $250,000 a year while preserving them for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses. The petition requires at least 218 signatures to bring the bill forward, making bipartisan support essential.
In response, Progress Iowa called on Rep. Latham to immediately sign the petition and send a message that when it comes what’s best for Iowa, he is not beholden to selfish special interests or his/her irresponsible party bosses — a message that it is not worth holding middle class families tax relief hostage a minute longer to protect tax breaks for the richest 2%.
“While the recent election results clearly have not sunk in yet for Congressman Latham, he would be wise to examine recent polling,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “Latham may not realize it yet, but he and his party will be held responsible in if Congress fails to act and allows taxes to go up on every Iowa family at the beginning of next year. A typical middle-class family of four would see its taxes rise by $2,200; that means less money to buy groceries or fill a prescription. That means a tougher choice between paying the rent and paying tuition. Fortunately for Latham, he can help avoid all this by joining this responsible effort to prioritize middle class families over millionaires. Time is running out. Latham can show he is a true independent voice for Iowa by signing the petition and sending the middle class tax bill that his constituents and Iowa small businesses want to the President’s desk now.”
Editor’s note: While we’re on the subject of Tom Latham, remember when he publicly ridiculed bike lanes? Apparently assuming that bicyclists don’t also own and drive cars, he said that every biker is “one less person paying into the transportation trust fund.”