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Chuck Fleischmann reaffirms his support for one-year extension of middle class tax cut

December 20, 2011
Press Release

Rejects Senate’s irresponsible, unworkable measure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chuck Fleischmann reaffirmed his support for a full, one-year extension of the payroll tax cut, and rejected a measure put forth by the Senate that is not in the best interest of 160 million Americans and is not feasible to implement.

“What has happened this last week in Washington sums up why the American people are mad. The House of Representatives passed a bill that extended the payroll tax cut for a full year – as President Obama said he wanted – extended and reformed unemployment benefits, reduced regulations on businesses, and sustained the growth rate for Medicare patients and their doctors. However, Harry Reid and the Senate, in an attempt to score cheap political points and start their vacation early, disregarded this legislation and passed a bill that created instability and could not be put into place properly,” Fleischmann said.

“Today we reaffirmed our desire to extend the payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans for a full year. It’s unfortunate Harry Reid continues ‘leading’ a do-nothing Senate down a path of obstructionism and political ploys. The American people have had enough and we will not kick this can down the road for two months. American families need stability and predictability in their budgets and a one-year extension of this tax cut will ensure that.”

From Jake Tapper of ABC News:

“Officials from the policy-neutral National Payroll Reporting Consortium, Inc. have expressed concern to members of Congress that the two-month payroll tax holiday passed by the Senate and supported by President Obama cannot be implemented properly.”

“ABC News obtained a copy of the letter, which can be read here. Isberg agreed that it would be fair to characterize his letter as saying that the two-month payroll tax holiday cannot be implemented properly.”

“Two-Month Payroll Tax Holiday Passed By Senate, Pushed By President, Cannot Be Implemented Properly, Experts Say”, December 19, 2011

The House Ways and Means Committee has released a chart to show the differences between the House bill and the Senate bill. You can see it here.