Vice President Biden fills in for the President

With President Obama visiting our troops overseas, Vice President Joe Biden stepped in to take care of this week’s Presidential address. Front and center for the Vice President was the pressing issue of the U.S. economy, specifically preserving tax cuts for middle-class Americans and extending unemployment benefits. Referencing last month’s jobs report, Vice President Biden set the priorities as such:

“While we saw another month of job growth in November, it just wasn’t enough. And it underscores why it’s so important to get going without delay on the two things that will most impact on growing our economy. The first is, we’ve got to extend the tax cuts for the middle class that are set to expire at the end of this month. If we don’t extend those tax cuts for the middle class, millions of people, millions of families will see a big bite out of their paychecks starting on January 1. And that’s the last thing we should let happen.

After a decade in which the middle class lost ground, families can ill-afford a tax hike — and our economy cannot afford the hit it will take if middle class families have less money to spend.

And the second thing is – we’ve got to do is we’ve got to extend unemployment insurance for Americans who have lost their jobs in a tough economy. Without unemployment benefits, families can’t spend on basic necessities that are grown, made, and sold by other Americans.

Together, the economic hit caused by raising taxes on the middle class, and denying two million Americans unemployment insurance, will wind up costing us hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

The (Vice) President’s Weekly Address:

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