Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Villaraigosa Commends Obama for Extending Tax Cuts

Villaraigosa in January 2010 (Elise Thompson/LAist)
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

LA's mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, was among the 18 politicians who issued statements yesterday in support of President Barack Obama's decision to extend what are commonly referred to as the "Bush tax cuts," according to MyFoxLA.Said Villaraigosa:

I would like to commend President Barack Obama for his unwavering commitment to working families and those hardest hit by the recession and his refusal to si[g]n onto any tax cut agreement that didn't extend employment insurance or give additional tax cuts to small business...The president's decision to build this bipartisan compromise will give relief for another 13 months to the hundreds of thousands of unemployed Angelenos and will be another crucial step forward on our city's road to economic recovery.

A number of other Democrats issued statements about Obama's decision, however they were in opposition, including one from California Democratic Party Chair John Burton, who called for his party members to "stand up to the political terrorism of the Republicans in the United States Senate."