With five Democrats joining the GOP-led vote to repeal Obamacare in the House this week, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions tells Newsmax.TV that it's yet another sign of the growing outrage of American voters.
“Even the Democrats understand feedback back home that the free enterprise system — employers, people who want to grow their businesses — are having a difficult time doing so with the uncertainty,” declared Sessions in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
“Even Democrats are hearing from the business community: ‘We are not hiring because of Obamacare,’” said Sessions, pointing to the “massive” tax increase associated with the president’s healthcare law.
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“When America is in need of jobs, and when our children graduate from college and cannot find work, and when moms and dads and people all across this country are having difficult times, and you look up and you find out it’s because of the federal government, that’s good reason,” he said as to why Democrats crossed party lines on such high-profile legislation.
Sessions, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that Obamacare is now likely to cost taxpayers twice as much as forecast 18 months ago.
“It’s something that government has put in front of business. It is something that we should not have to pay,” he charged. “Tax increases are destructive to not only job growth, but job creation. And the ability that Congress has to tax is the ability to destroy.”
He called the Obamacare tax “selective” and “very punitive,” adding that it is a tax that won’t go away on its own.
It is also certain to put additional pressure on states, which are already struggling to pay for existing services.
“Increasingly you’re seeing states get to the point where they simply cannot offer these services that Barack Obama has told them that they would do,” said Sessions. “They find themselves in conflict with the federal law. That’s another good reason why we need to repeal the bill because states do not have the money and the resources to take care of this new unfunded massive tax and unfunded liability on the states.”
Commenting on the president’s plan to hold two separate votes on the Bush-era tax cuts, he accused the president of attempting to further divide the country by class.
The president wants to hold separate votes on extending the tax cuts for people with household incomes above $250,000 and those below, he said.
“I think we ought to include in there Obamacare also,” Sessions insisted. “Obviously you and I understand that this is a further way to isolate employers, small business leaders, and others to try to divide this country rather than bringing it together.”
He said that the tax cuts are critical to America’s economic recovery.
“If we do not extend tax cuts — if America continues to have the highest tax rates — we will continue to lose jobs,” he predicted. “They’ll continue to go offshore where less-tax markets are, and we will become non-competitive in our future. And that’s simply a bad deal for America’s future and that of our children and grandchildren.”
Sessions believes that the economic downturn has reached crisis proportions.
“I think as we’ve seen the economy continue to not only become lethargic, we’re now seeing where it’s a crisis point as we move through summer into fall, into winter,” he said. “People now go for months and months without being able to find work. We have the lowest number of people working in the United States since 1982 and this is a national disaster.”
Sessions predicted that America will become more like Greece if President Obama is re-elected. “We simply must not allow that,” he said. “Every single American in looking out their front door can see Greece today.”
But he is optimistic that Republicans will regain control of the Senate and the White House in November. Given such a scenario, he said that lawmakers will not waste time during what would traditionally be considered a lame-duck session between the election and when the new administration takes office.
“Once we consult with the American people we will go through a due diligence process where we hold hearings,” he said.
“We go back and sell things back home. We make sure we know what’s in the bill before we pass it and the American people will understand what we’re doing — and so we should not have a rush to judgment as the Democrats did — but likewise we need to move diligently.”
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