Chuck Fleischmann supports extending payroll tax cut, calls process “pathetic”

Says this bill highlights major difference in approach to governing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chuck Fleischmann reiterated today he continues to support extending the payroll tax cut and is in favor of the compromise that has been worked out. However, he still believes a one-year extension is what best serves the American people.

“As I have said from the very beginning, I support extending the payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans. I voted to extend the cut for one year, extend and reform unemployment benefits, and sustain the Medicare growth rate for patients and doctors for two years. Unfortunately, the Senate refused to return from their vacation, and Harry Reid and President Obama lead a pathetic process that has forced a less-than-ideal extension in order to ensure taxes are not raised on the American people. Once again, cheap political points won out over sound public policy,” Fleischmann said.

“Let’s be clear, the original bill passed by the House was in the best interest of the American people. However, there is only so much we can do when dealing with an obstructionist Senate and a President mostly concerned about his re-election. I am very much opposed to tax policy and health care policy being decided two months at a time in this country, but I am more opposed to tax increases on the American people. I hope the conference process will produce a long-term solution that will benefit all Americans.”

“I believe this process has highlighted a clear difference in the way the Republican-led House is interested in governing and the way this Senate and President are interested in governing. We favor long-term solutions over short-sighted political maneuvering. The House has passed a budget that puts us on a long-term path to fiscal solvency, while the Senate has not passed a budget in well over 900 days – continuing to force last-minute budgeting to avoid government shutdowns. Instead of a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut and a two-year ‘doc fix’ for Medicare, they forced a two-month extension and fix. This is wrong and the American people should hold them accountable next November.”

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