(WASHINGTON) — In his weekly address, President Obama reminds the nation he wants to protect the middle class from an income tax hike.
Obama says, “Leaders in Congress are working on a way to prevent this tax hike on the middle class, and I believe we may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time.”
If an agreement is not reached in time, the president will “urge the Senate to hold an up-or-down vote on a basic package that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends vital unemployment insurance for Americans looking for a job, and lays the groundwork for future progress on more economic growth and deficit reduction.”
Obama warns that “if [Congress] still want to vote no, and let this tax hit the middle class, that’s their prerogative – but they should let everyone vote.”
The president closes with “You meet your deadlines and your responsibilities every day. The folks you sent here to serve should do the same. We cannot let Washington politics get in the way of America’s progress. We’ve got to do what it takes to protect the middle class, grow this economy, and move our country forward.”
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Stephen Collinson, CNN Newswire
Mark Preston and David Wright, CNN Newswire