Kinzinger Supports Full Year Extension of Tax Relief for Middle Class Families

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 11th District)…

House version provides tax cuts of $1,000 for middle class families versus Senate version provides only $167

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released the following statement expressing his continued support to extend the payroll tax cut for a full year to provide tax relief for middle class families in Illinois and across the country:

“Last week, the House passed a responsible, bipartisan measure that continues down the path toward reforming the way Washington does business. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act is completely paid for; does not raise taxes on job creators; and includes tax cuts of $1,000 on average for hardworking middle class families.

“Most importantly, this legislation provides certainty for families and small businesses for another year. Even President Obama agreed that ‘Congress needs to extend the payroll tax cut for working Americans for another year.’ The House and the White House both agreed, a year-long extension of the payroll tax cut is necessary. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to do the work of the American people and instead passed a band-aid solution so they would be able to go home for the holidays. The Senate version provides a meager tax cut of $167 on average for the middle class, which is hardly enough for a family to fill up a car with a few tanks of gas.

“Now is the time for the House and Senate to come together and do the work of the American people. Our economy cannot handle the Senate’s two month ‘kicking the can down the road’ extension to where we are back here in a couple of months debating the same thing.

“Washington must work together to eliminate the threat of a tax increase on the middle class and to ensure that job creators can look a year forward and know what the tax structure is going to be like.”

NOTE: In an effort to extend the payroll tax cut extension for a full year, the House voted to move to a formal conference with the Senate. Leaders in the House and Senate will each name negotiators to serve on the House-Senate conference committee, which must resolve the differences between the House-passed one-year payroll tax cut extension and the Senate’s two-month version.

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