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House Proceeding on Apr 15th, 2010 :: 0:57:25 to 1:05:55
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Mike Pence

0:57:23 to 0:57:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: and with that, mr. speaker, i yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from indiana, mr. pence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for such time he may consume. mr. pence: i thank the distinguished gentlelady for yielding and her outstanding leadership on behalf of taxpayers. i wou ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks,

Mike Pence

0:57:25 to 1:05:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Mike Pence

0:57:44 to 0:58:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pence: well, i rise in opposition to the rule. follow order protocol but it's impossible to come to the floor today and not talk about what hundreds of millions of americans are thinking about today, some of whom will be

Mike Pence

0:58:05 to 0:58:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: driving late to the post office, heavy laden with an envelope they hope they got right. file their taxes. it is tax day in america. april 15. it is a tough, tough day for working families, small businesses, and family farms. wil rogers said famously, the only difference between death

Mike Pence

0:58:29 to 0:58:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: and taxes, is death doesn't get worse when congress is in session. that's probably never been as true in my 10 years here on capitol hill than it's been in the last year and a half. under this administration and ts majority in congress. now, we heard a lot yesterday here on the floor of the

Mike Pence

0:58:50 to 0:59:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: congress about tax cuts that have within passed -- been passed into law, and i really rise this morning, mr. speaker, to really set the record straight. because the american people have a choice to make this fall an they deserve to know the facts. .

Mike Pence

0:59:11 to 0:59:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: yesterday, i enjoyed a number of speakers boasting having cut taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars. i even heard one speaker say that th congress had cut taxes more than any congress in american history. that one -- that one elicited a chuckle yesterday and i can't

Mike Pence

0:59:33 to 0:59:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: help but respond the same today. here are the facts -- first and foremost, this congress has voted and this president has signed into law $670 billion in tax increases in the last year and half. $670 billion.

Mike Pence

0:59:55 to 1:00:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: and the list includes 14 tax hikes signed into law totaling $316 billion on middle-class families. in direct violation of the pledge that president obama made not to raise taxes on individuals that make less than

Mike Pence

1:00:17 to 1:00:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: $200,000 or families filing jointly that make less than $250,000 a year. it really is astonishing. and thanks to the great work of the committee on ways and means, the republican minority there led by the distinguished gentleman from michigan, david camp, people can go to the website, they can go to gop.gov. they can go to the website of the ways and means committee

Mike Pence

1:00:38 to 1:00:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: and look at this list under the health care bill, public law 111-149, new taxes on individuals who don't purchase depoft-approved health insurance, $17 billion over 10. a new tax on employers who fail to comply with government insurance mandates, $52 million

Mike Pence

1:00:59 to 1:01:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: in tax increases, a new $42,000 excise tax. that's $42 million in tax increases. under schip, public law 113-3, tobacco tax increase and

Mike Pence

1:01:21 to 1:01:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: expanded enforcement authority, $64.515 billion in tax increases. so-called stimulus bill, losses of a corporation. that's a $6.9 billion tax increase. and on the list goes. it's a $670.341 billion and counting.

Mike Pence

1:01:42 to 1:02:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: and i say again, not only has this congress increased taxes by $670 billion since president obama took office, but the list includes 14 tax increases totaling over $316 billion on middle-class families. it is truly astonishing to

Mike Pence

1:02:05 to 1:02:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: think that arriving on the scene during the worst economy in 25 years that the response of this administration and this congress has been to take what in my judgment was excessive spending under republican control and put it on steroids. and pay for it with hundreds of billions of dollars in new

Mike Pence

1:02:27 to 1:02:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: taxes and, of course, enacting more government. now, taking directly on the assertion of my democrat colleagues in the time i have remaining the suggestion that democrats have passed the largest tax cuts in history, you know, the american people got to be asking, you know, are they kidding? but, no, they're not. in fact, the president in remarks while signing the

Mike Pence

1:02:48 to 1:03:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: government takeover of health care with a $570 billion in tax increases in it actually said, quote, and when this exchange is up and running, millions of people will get tax breaks to help them afford coverage which represents the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in history, closed quote. and i was on a television show

Mike Pence

1:03:09 to 1:03:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: just right after the distinguished senator from illinois, senator dirk durbin, where he made the same assertion, and even politifact took a look at what senator durbin said suggesting that obamacare was the largest middle-class tax cut in history and they gave it a false the

Mike Pence

1:03:30 to 1:03:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: next day. here are the facts and here's where the stretch comes from. and it is the assertion presumably by democrats that th $466 billion in subsidies paid directly to insurance companies in the health care taeover represents tax cuts.

Mike Pence

1:03:52 to 1:04:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: if i could just say for the record from my heart, paying insurance companies isn't a tax cut to me. ok. i think -- you know, i was raised south of highway 40. if this anyone wants to cut my

Mike Pence

1:04:13 to 1:04:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: taxeswriting checks to insurance companies that you're paying for with tax cuts isn't a tax cut to me. a tax cut to me is reduce my taxes so i can keep more of my hard-earned money. but that's where i think -- nickel dime things in the stimulus bill, the refundable tax payments they're pointing to.

Mike Pence

1:04:34 to 1:04:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: but the biggest chunk of their claim of having cut taxes is $466 billion in subsidies paid directly to insurance companies in the health care takeover. and i think that's why politifact referred to senator durbin's assertion as false, as an independent analysis, and why independent observers have also rejected that.

Mike Pence

1:04:55 to 1:05:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: look, it's a serious day in the life of the nation. the truth is the american people are hurting. this government is running about a $1.3 trillion deficit. we ought to get serious about fiscal discipline in washington, d.c., and we ought to t real about giving the american people across the board tax relief.

Mike Pence

1:05:17 to 1:05:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: only cutting taxes across the board, like john f. kennedy did, like ronald reagan did, like george w. bush did after the towers fell, only by cutting taxing across the board for working families, small businesses and family farms can we hope to ignite the entrepreneurial energy of this country to lift americans and to create jobs once again.

Mike Pence

1:05:40 to 1:05:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: so i appreciate the time the gentlelady has yielded. it's important to set the record straight and the american people deserve to know on tax day that this administration and this congress have increased taxes by $670 billion and counting. because in just a few months

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