Lowey Statement on Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B”

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) today issued the following statement on Speaker Boehner’s so-called “Plan B” to avoid the fiscal cliff:

“Speaker Boehner’s so-called “Plan B” is not a meaningful solution to avoid the fiscal cliff.

“The proposal would reduce tax relief critical for working families like college tuition, child, and earned income tax credits. It would end benefits for unemployed Americans, eliminate tax provisions that incentivize job creation, cut reimbursements for doctors seeing Medicare patients by 27 percent, and leave in place across-the-board cuts to critical investments through the sequester.

“The White House has issued a veto threat on the legislation, making this vote a pointless political charade. The decision to hold the vote regardless represents an unfortunate step back in good-faith negotiations. Instead of engaging in cynical political exercises, Speaker Boehner should return to negotiations with the White House to achieve a comprehensive and balanced solution to the fiscal cliff.”