Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rep. Morgan Griffith’s take on House resfusal of payroll tax extension

WASHINGTON – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement regarding the House’s vote to refuse the Senate’s short-term payroll tax holiday extension package:

“We are elected to Congress to do the people’s business not only when convenient, but if necessary, even during the holidays. The Senate plan of 60 days of tax policy is not in the best interest of the American people. In fact, according to the National Payroll Reporting Consortium, proper implementation of a two month payroll tax extension is not likely to be possible. When you look at the entire bill, the Senate’s two month package to extend the payroll tax holiday, unemployment insurance, and the ‘doc fix’ for Medicare reimbursements for 2012 is not good governing – its procrastination. Furthermore, the President has previously insisted on a year-long extension. Believe it or not, House Republicans, including myself, actually agree with the President this time. The House has laid multiple options on the table to appropriately extend these provisions in order to provide necessary certainty to American families. We’ve already passed a package extending the payroll tax holiday for a full year. Now, we’ve cleared the deck for a Conference Committee of Senators and Congressmen to reach a long-term compromise. Unfortunately, it’s the Senate who has skipped town for the holidays, leaving the American people twisting in the breeze.

“The Senate should return to Washington so we can work out a compromise deal in a Conference Committee as our Founding Fathers intended. If the Senate is willing to work, common ground can be found to give the American people the tax and job certainty that they need.” 

Posted By Valerie Garner

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