Rep. Dan Lungren joined his fellow Republicans last week in continuing the tax cuts started by former President George W. Bush.
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, who represents the Lodi area, also supported House Resolution 4853, voting against many California Democrats in the process.
"On the whole, I believe this bill will create jobs and help the economy recover," McNerney said in an e-mail. "The economy is struggling, and any shock or uncertainty will almost certainly cost jobs when we already have too many people unemployed.
"Moreover, it is absolutely essential to extend unemployment benefits for the families put out of work by the recession who should not be abandoned especially as the holidays are approaching," McNerney said. "I am also proud of some of the renewable energy provisions in the bill."
Meanwhile, Lungren, R-Gold River, whose district includes Galt, said he doesn't consider the bill a tax cut.
"Preventing scheduled tax increases on Jan. 1, 2011 is not a tax cut," Lungren said in an e-mail. "It is merely allowing you and your fellow citizens to keep income that was scheduled to be sent to the IRS had we failed to take legislative action to stop it.
"I supported the bill because it will prevent the government from claiming a larger share of your income, essentially preventing a job-killing $624 billion tax increase on all Americans during a recession," Lungren said.
Lungren added that there are provisions to the bill that he would not have included, but he felt the need to support the bill anyway.
"There is spending in the bill such as ethanol subsidies which are simply pork," Lungren said. "Furthermore, it is my belief that any extension of unemployment benefits should be paid for with reduced spending."
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