"There are several aspects of this provision that I am adamantly against, including the massive deficit spending required to extend unemployment benefits for 13 months that are not paid for and the onerous 35 percent death tax which will create hardship for many family farms across the entire Midwest. But failure to pass this legislation will be the equivalent of reaching into the bank account of every middle class family and pulling out an additional $5,000 next year. The families I represent in Kansas have had to tighten their belts and can't figure out why Washington continues to raid their bank accounts and refuses to tighten the belt of the Federal Government"
"The Koch Family: the primary funders of the tea party movement and other conservative causes, having a vast fortune estimated to be as much as $35 billion. Under the Republican, versus the Pomeroy amendment, that family would realize over $2 billion extra.
The Walton Family: Wal-Mart; seven descendants; a combined worth of $87 billion--more than some whole countries. His family will pay $7 billion less in taxes under the Republican proposal.
The Dorrance Family: the Campbell Soup giant with a combined wealth of $6.5 billion and a savings of $522 million.
The Mars Candy Company Family: $30 billion in wealth. Their estate taxes will go down $2.5 billion.
Are these the people this Congress is supposed to represent?"
"When I was elected to Congress, Eastern Kansans knew that wasteful earmarks, runaway government spending, and the same tired notion that we are going to spend our way out of debt were leading this country down the wrong path. I think we saw on election night that the rest of the country has made the same realization. I am very happy that the Senate has recognized the will of the American people and pulled this bill from the floor."