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-- -- -- -- Please please have a seat.
Good afternoon -- all of you.
-- we've been doing everything we can.
Over the last few weeks to make sure that a 160 million.
Working Americans -- hit -- a holiday tax increase on January 1.
We've also been doing everything we can to make sure that millions of people wore out there looking for work in a very tough environment.
Don't start losing their unemployment insurance.
We reached a bipartisan compromise that would.
Do just that.
Make sure that people aren't seeing the tax cut the first of the year make sure that they still have unemployment insurance the first of -- -- Nearly every Democrat in the senate.
Voted for that compromise.
Nearly every Republican.
In the senate voted for that compromise.
And even some Republicans in the house.
Voted for that compromise.
I am ready to sign -- compromise.
In to -- the second it lands on my desk.
The only reason it hasn't landed on my desk.
The only reason.
Is because they faction of house Republicans.
Have refused to support.
If your family making about 50000 dollars a year.
This is a tax cut that amounts to about a thousand dollars a year.
That's about forty bucks on every picture.
It may be that there's some folks in the house who.
Refuse to vote for this compromise because they don't think that forty bucks is a lot of money.
But anyone who knows what it's like to stretch a budget.
Knows that at the end of the week or at the end of the month.
Forty dollars can make all the difference in the world.
And that's why we thought we'd bring.
Your voices into this debate.
So many of these debates in Washington.
End up being.
Portrayed as which party is winning.
Which party is losing.
What we have to remind ourselves is.
This is about people.
About the American people.
And whether they win.
It's not about a contest.
We asked folks to tell us what would -- be like.
To lose forty dollars your paycheck every.
And I have to tell you that the response.
Has been overwhelming we haven't seen anything like this before over 30000 people have written -- so far.
As many as 2000.
We're still hearing from fox.
I wanna encourage everybody -- Been paying attention to this to keep sending your stories to whitehouse dot gov and share them on Twitter and sure the month FaceBook.
The responses we've gotten so far have come from Americans of all ages and Americans of all backgrounds from every corner of the country.
Some of the folks who responded are on stage with me here today.
And they should remind every single member of congress.
What's at stake.
In this debate.
Let me just give -- a few samples.
Joseph from New Jersey.
Talked about how he would have to sacrifice.
The occasional pizza night -- his daughters.
He said I'm quoting my sixteen year old twins will be out of -- -- All messed this.
Richard from Rhode Island wrote to tell us that having an extra forty dollars and -- -- buys enough heating oil keep his family war.
For three nights.
In his words.
If someone doesn't think the twelve gallons of heating oil was important I invite them to spend three nights in an unheated home.
Or you can believe me when I say that it makes a difference.
Keep from Wisconsin told us about driving more than 200 miles each week.
To keep his father in law company in a nursing home.
Forty dollars out of his paycheck would mean he'd only be able to make three trips instead of four.
We heard from -- teacher named Claire from here in DC who goes to thrift store every week and uses her own money to buy pencils and books.
Former fourth grade class.
Once -- while she sport is on science or art supplies.
Losing forty dollars she says would mean she couldn't do that anymore.
Brothers forty dollars means -- out with a child whose home for Christmas.
A new pair of shoes.
A tanker -- A charitable donation.
These are the things that are at stake for millions of Americans.
They matter to people a lot.
And keep in mind that.
Those are just the individual stories that doesn't account for the overall impact that a failure to extend a payroll tax cut.
-- a failure to extend unemployment insurance would have on the economy as a whole.
We've seen the economy do better over the last couple of months.
But there's still a lot of sources of uncertainty out there what's going on in Europe.
Was going on around the world.
And so this is -- -- to make sure that our recovery continues.
So it's time.
For the house to listen.
The voices were appear.
The voices all across the country.
What's happening right now is exactly.
Why people just get so frustrated with Washington.
This is -- this is exactly why people get so frustrated with Washington.
This isn't a typical Democrat vs Republican issue.
This is an issue where an overwhelming.
Number of people in both parties a great.
How can we not get that -- -- -- there's this place become so dysfunctional that.
Even -- people agree to things we can't do it.
That doesn't make any sense.
Enough is enough.
The people standing what -- today can't afford any Morgan's.
They can't afford to lose thousand dollars because of some ridiculous.
Washington's stand off.
The house needs to pass a short term version of this compromise and -- we should negotiate.
An agreement as quickly as possible to extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance.
For the rest of 2012 it's the right thing to do for the economy.
And it's most importantly the right thing to do for American families all across the country this is not just my view.
Just a few hours ago.
This is exactly what the Republican leader of the senate said we should.
Democrats a great -- of the Republican leader of the senate.
We should go ahead and get this done this should not be -- We all agree it should happen.
I believe it's gonna happen sooner or later.
Why not make it sooner.
Rather than later.
Let's give the American people.
The people who sent us here.
The -- leadership they deserve.
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