The following correspondence was received by Betty Harrison in response to her concerns regarding the Bush tax cuts:
March 2, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the Bush tax cuts. I appreciate and understand your concerns, and I strongly support a fiscally prudent extension of the tax cuts for middle income New Yorkers, and voted against the extension of tax cuts for the wealthiest people in our country.
Given the state of our economy, many New Yorkers are understandably worried about their personal economic circumstances. Many New York families are struggling to feed their children, pay their health care bills, send their children to school and maintain a roof over their heads, which is why I voted against the recent agreement between the President and Senate Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. We need to prioritize the middle class, who are struggling most, instead of the richest 1% of Americans.
Extending Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy will saddle our children with billions of dollars of unnecessary debt. With unemployment near 10 percent and a growing budget deficit, we cannot afford to spend billions of dollars in a manner that will not create jobs and grow our economy. This kind of fiscal irresponsibility is harmful for our economy and future generations of Americans.
Thank you again for writing to express your concerns, and I hope that you keep in touch with my office regarding future legislation. ***
United States Senator