WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), the Dean of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, today issued the following statement after the House Democratic Caucus meeting:  

Today in the House Democratic Caucus meeting, I voted to reject the Senate Republican tax proposal as currently written. Extending the middle class tax cuts and providing unemployment insurance to those who have lost their jobs is critical to spurring continued economic growth, creating jobs and helping American families make ends meet. But I have serious concerns about any package that continues tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires when they don't need them and we can't afford them. I am also concerned that expiring tax credits for clean energy technologies are not being renewed, which could jeopardize tens of thousands of jobs in wind, solar and geothermal production. We also need to provide seniors with a one-time $250 Social Security payment to help in these tough economic times. In its current form, I cannot support the proposal worked out with the Senate Republicans.”