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Larson Opposes Pay China First Act

May 9, 2013
Press Release
Says American people are through with uncertainty created by Hostage Politics

 Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose the Pay China First Act.

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

"I rise today to oppose the Pay China First Act, and I do this with a heavy heart because I know of a number of talented individuals that we have on this committee and the process that we've been through in working together.

"It astounds me that somehow the ideological tail of the tea party wags the whole Republican effort in this area, and that the ideological reach of the Tea Party overrides the certainty that we should be bringing to the American people.

"Instead we're playing hostage politics again; holding up the American people, creating the uncertainty we don't need in this kind of climate instead of demonstrating that we can sit down and work together.

"I get the politics, I understand how you have to accede to a group that continues to take us to the precipice and then pull back. The American people are through with it. Let's sit down, deal with this and then move on. Create the certainty that will create the jobs.

"Let's not find ourselves in a situation that becomes almost an oxymoron, where we're paying China first at the expense of Americans when there is no good reason why we should be dealing with this issue other than the hostage politics it creates in dealing with an ideological minority driving the other side."