From the office of Rep. Robert Dold (Ill., 10th District)…
Congressman Dold issued the following statement after the House voted to send the year-long extension to Conference:
“The President asked Congress for a one year extension on the payroll tax holiday and that is exactly what I have supported – last week, a bipartisan House majority took action and passed a full one year extension of the payroll tax holiday so that middle class families wouldn’t see more of their paycheck taken away in these tough economic times. In that bill, I also voted to protect senior’s health care for the next two years by ensuring doctors in the Medicare program don’t have their reimbursements cut.
“While I prefer a year-long extension on the payroll tax holiday and a two-year extension that protects seniors’ access to their doctors, the bottom line is that the House and Senate need to come to an agreement before the end of the year so that hard-working families do not face a tax increase on January 1st.
“I am certain that if the Senate appoints conferees we can find common ground between the House supported year-long extension and the Senate supported two-month extension. The American people are fed up with politics as usual and the best thing Congress can do this holiday season is to pass a bipartisan bill that doesn’t require the American people to give more of their hard-earned money to the government.”