(UPDATE: The House voted around midnight Thursday night to pass the $858 billion tax cut plan 277 to 148). Congressional Democrats have been up in arms over the past two weeks, angry at President Obama and/or Congressional Republicans for the tax cut plan negotiated between the President and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, which keeps the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy in effect for the next two years.
But as other commentators have noted, it's not the worst deal that the Democrats got out of it. But while many Democrats blasted the bill (and some blasted the President for not getting a better deal), Tampa area Democrat Kathy Castor has remained pretty quiet - at least with Cl, who contacted the Congresswoman's office over a week ago to learn her feelings.
But on Thursday night, before the House has actually voted on the legislation, Congresswoman Castor released a statement in support of the plan, with a lot of emphasis on the "good " parts of the bill that Democrats like, especially the point that allows for unemployment benefits for the next 13 months.
I fought for tax cuts so hardworking families will have more money in their paychecks and improved prospects for a better economy. I am pleased businesses will receive vital relief as well.
President Obamas tax cut plan will help Floridians and create jobs in many ways. Under this plan, we are extending the $1,000 child tax credit. This provision was set to expire at the end of the year, but we fought to expand it because it truly helps middle-class families.
We are also extending for two years the improvements made to the Earned Income Tax Credit a tax credit that truly helps our low-income families and that I had championed as a Hillsborough County commissioner. This means, on average, an additional $600 for working families with three or more children.