December 16, 2014

Manchin Votes Against Tax Extenders Bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after voting against extending tax deductions:

“Since I have joined the Senate more than four years ago, I have questioned again and again why Congress refuses to confront our financial challenges when our country faces more than $18 trillion in debt? Instead of working together on comprehensive tax reform, we continue to kick the can down the road by passing temporary tax deductions year after year. Passing tax extenders simply places a Band-Aid on our financial problems and is irresponsible, reckless and unethical.

“It is past time members of Congress come together to find a commonsense, comprehensive pathway toward fixing our long-term spending and debt problems. We need a big fix, focusing on a three-pronged approach that increases revenue, reduces out-of-control spending, and reforms our tax code.

“To start, we can work together to pass long-term, comprehensive tax reform that will restore fairness and confidence in our economy. I can only hope that the 114th Congress will recognize our dire financial challenges and will be eager to work toward getting our financial house in order.”