FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011
Contact: Steven Potter, WisDems Communications Assistant
608-616-5380; stevenp@wisdems.org

MADISON -- Congressman Dave Obey will hold a press conference call today at 2:15 p.m. to discuss House Republicans' blatantly partisan vote yesterday to raise taxes on 160 million Americans in the middle of the holiday season -- just days after Republicans and Democrats in the Senate came together to pass a temporary extension of the payroll tax cut for the middle class.

Additionally, while several Republican Senators, including Scott Brown, who represents Mitt Romney's home state of Massachusetts, issued a strong rebuke of House Republicans' decision to cater to the extreme right wing of the GOP, Romney has been silent and shown no leadership on this issue whatsoever. He has repeatedly dismissed the payroll tax cut as a "little Band-Aid" -- reluctantly supporting an extension only after he realized the public overwhelmingly supported it -- and his economic policies would be a disaster for middle-class families across the country.

WHO: Congressman Dave Obey and Congressional Candidate Jamie Wall
WHAT: Press Conference Call on House Republicans' Vote to Raise Taxes on Middle Class, GOP's Failed Economic Policies
WHEN: Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.
WHERE: Call-in Number: 661-673-8600 (email stevenp@wisdems.org for passcode)