WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to extend the Bush-era tax giveaways for the wealthy:
"Before voting today, Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues in the House stood as the last remaining barrier to requiring wealthy Americans pay their fair share in taxes. Instead of siding with the middle class and public opinion, they chose to protect tax giveaways for those who don't need them.
"We've been told over and over that tax cuts for the rich would create jobs and help our economy recover, but we know all too well that this approach did not work. Not only did the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% add trillions to the deficit, wages fell and millions of Americans lost their jobs."
"We need to restore fairness to our tax system. It is a shame that the House of Representatives had that opportunity and failed to take it."
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