WASHINGTON, D.C.-Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and Chair of Change to Win, today released the following statement after the Senate defeated the Buffett Rule to ensure millionaires pay at least 30 percent in income taxes.
“Congress hit a new level of dysfunction today by failing to pass the Buffett Rule. Hamstrung by the Senate’s arcane rules, Democrats were unable to get the votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle. Nonetheless, they should be commended for trying. The overwhelming majority of Senate and House Republicans, on the other hand, have no interest in tax fairness. Their policies have widened the gap between the rich and the poor and bankrupted our country. Mitt Romney has proposed to take these failed policies even further, advocating a 7 percent tax cut for the superrich. The Buffett Rule is common sense. It’s too bad Congressional Republicans and their standard bearer don’t have any.”