NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
For Immediate Release: July 7th, 2011
Contact: Eric Jotkoff, (850) 222-3411
Whose Side Are Haridopolos, Hasner & LeMieux On? Millionaires or Middle Class Floridians?
Senate Moves to Debate Call for Shared Sacrifice While Haridopolos, Hasner and LeMieux Stay on the Sidelines
A bipartisan group of Senators voted to move forward with a debate on a resolution that would call for millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes, but Mike Haridopolos, Adam Hasner, and George LeMieux are sitting on the sidelines, leaving Floridians wondering whose side they are on. Florida Democrats are calling for Haridopolos, Hasner, and LeMieux to finally stand up for middle class families in Florida, not just millionaires.
“At virtually every opportunity they’ve had, Republicans have rushed to protect tax breaks for millionaires and their special interest backers,” said Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith. “Republican priorities couldn’t be more misguided and the silence from Mike Haridopolos, Adam Hasner, and George LeMieux is deafening.”
Earlier today, the Senate voted 74-22 to begin debate on the resolution which states that an agreement on raising the debt ceiling should require those making over $1 million to make a more “meaningful contribution to the deficit-reduction effort.”
“By refusing to stand up for what is right, Mike Haridopolos, Adam Hasner, and George LeMieux are quietly telling everyone who they would fight for in the Senate and it’s most definitely not Florida’s middle class families.”
Today, in a bipartisan statement the Senate passed a measure to take up a resolution from that calls for those people earning $1 million a year or more to pay their fair share in an effort to reduce the federal budget deficit. The procedural vote was necessary because Republicans would not allow the bill, which they say is meaningless, to come to the floor by unanimous consent. [The Hill, 7/06/11; Vote 106,7/07/11]