Duncan speaks in favor of the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act

December 14, 2011

“Mr. Speaker, there are but two points that I want to bring up in support of the bill before us today.

Thomas Jefferson said this: 

“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government….”

I believe that America works better when hard-working Americans keep more of the money they earn….keep more of their paycheck.  That is why I support the payroll tax cut provision in this bill.

The second point is this:

The Administration can be for JOBS or the Administration can support a radical environmentalist policy. Mr. Speaker, I believe that they are mutually exclusive and you cannot support both. The Keystone Pipeline is a segway to job creation in this nation.  Do you remember the jobs created in the 1970s with the Alaskan Pipeline? I do.  The Keystone Pipeline will create both construction jobs and long-term jobs as our nation refines the hydrocarbons into energy products here in American refineries.  Failure not to do this means the possibility that this Canadian oil will be refined in and used by China.

Today, we can pursue North American Energy Independence by partnering with our closest ally and largest trading partner, Canada…or we can continue the same failed policies of this Administration which lead to higher prices at the pump for Americans and the continuation of sending dollars overseas for Middle Eastern oil.

This bill cuts taxes, reduces spending, ends a regulatory quagmire for American businesses, and provides a path forward to energy security. I support its passage and I ask that God will continue to bless America.  I yield back.”