As Senate Democrats Punt With a Two-Month Extension, House Plans to Keep Working Until the Job is Done
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House voted to move to a formal conference with the United States Senate to seek a full-year payroll tax relief extension that will help America’s middle-class working families and job creators. U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statement today regarding the House-Senate conference committee to resolve the differences between the House-passed year-long tax relief extension and the Senate-passed short-term bill:
“Last week, House Republicans passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, a common-sense, bipartisan jobs bill that will not only provide a full year of tax certainty that the American middle-class deserves, but also includes reforms to many Washington programs, tighter constraints on the growth of future spending and a plan for the job-creating Keystone pipeline. This weekend, the Senate, which has not passed a budget in almost 1,000 days, punted with an unworkable two-month extension and left 160 million middle-class American workers, who would face a tax hike on Jan. 1, hanging in the balance.
“According to experts in the private sector, a two-month punt only means 60 days of confusion, uncertainty and extra costs for middle-class workers and job creators. During this struggling economy, American families and businesses have to plan for more than 60 days at a time and Congress should too. House Republicans stand ready to work until this is settled for all of next year. We can avoid more economic uncertainty and a needless tax hike on middle-class families if Senate Democrats will join us in doing the work the American people sent us here to do.”
Congressman Bill Flores represents the 17th District of Texas and is an entrepreneur, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the House Budget, Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.