Riverside, CA — Mark Takano, candidate for Congress in the 41st District of California, released the following statement today regarding the upcoming House vote on the renewal of the Bush tax cuts:
"Instead of using their last few days before recess to pass legislation to help the middle class and working families, House Republicans are playing a dangerous game with tax breaks. Instead of passing tax cuts to help America's struggling middle class, House Republicans are determined to slash taxes even further for millionaires, big oil companies and corporations that ship American jobs overseas. Their plan to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and seniors while giving people who make more than $1 million another $130,000 in tax cuts would put our economic recovery in jeopardy. In Congress, I will stand with the families of Riverside County, and against plans to gut Medicare to give big tax breaks to millionaires."
A lifelong resident of Riverside, Mark Takano was elected to the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees in 1990 and won re-election to the board in 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2008. He is the longest serving current board member and one of the longest serving Democratic elected officials in Riverside County. He helped lead the project to establish the RCCD's Center for Social Justice. Takano has worked as a classroom teacher in the Rialto Unified School District for the past 23 years.