Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) Supports Limited Tax Cut Extensions

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Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said Monday he favors extension of some income tax cuts and he’d also like to see Congress extend unemployment benefits. Brown made the comments while visiting a Columbus food pantry.

In brief remarks Sen. Brown talked about his efforts to get unemployment benefits extended. Unemployment, Brown said, is not welfare, it’s insurance. He says employees paid for unemployment insurance when they had a job, and now that they’re unemployed it’s time for the government to provide assistance.

On the issue of the Bush-era tax cuts, Brown said he’d support extending the cuts but only for those making less than $250,000 a year.

“I want a permanent tax cut for people making under a quarter of a million dollars a year. That’s well over 90 percent of taxpayers in this country. I want to eliminate the tax cut for millionaires and billionaires who’ve had a pretty good ride in the last ten years,” Brown said.

Brown says he looks forward to working with the new Republican-controlled House in January as well as Ohio’s soon-to-be junior senator, Republican Rob Portman. But Brown says he’s ready to fight certain Republican Congressional priorities.

“If it means more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans; if it means more deregulation of Wall Street; if it means more trade agreements that outsource jobs to China and Mexico, then I don’t want to do those things,” Brown said.

Brown says repealing President Obama’s health care overhaul is also unacceptable.