Tuesdays with Tom 7-24-2012
WASHINGTON - On his weekly radio call today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed his testimony on campaign finance reform before the Senate Judiciary Committee today and the need to extend middle-class tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans before they expire in December.
Below are highlights from Udall's remarks:
0:00 - Udall opens the call with remarks on pending Senate legislation to extend tax cuts for families who make less than $250,000.
0:32 - "In New Mexico, where the average working family of four makes less than $45,000 a year, extending this middle-class tax cut is critical... No one thinks that raising taxes on the middle class is a good idea. This ought to be one of those issues where everyone in Washington can agree."
1:06 - Udall previews his testimony for a Judiciary Committee hearing this afternoon on his constitutional amendment to overturn prior Supreme Court rulings and give the power to regulate campaign spending back to Congress.
1:51 - "We have a broken system, and the only sure way to change it is to amend the Constitution--to reverse bad Supreme Court decisions and prevent any new ones. Until we do that, we will fall short of real reform."
2:22 - "Support is building for my constitutional amendment. Over 1.7 million citizens have signed petitions in support of an amendment. Over 275 local resolutions have passed calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. And legislatures in six states, including New Mexico, have called on Congress to send an amendment to the states for ratification. Folks at the local, state and federal levels are all standing up to say we've had enough."
2:59 - In response to a question, Udall reflects on last week's hearing on the prescription drug abuse epidemic in New Mexico and the United States.