Contact: Brittany Oat, (845) 200-9716




Brewster, N.Y. – (12/21/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) said it is time for Congress to stop playing political games and, instead, come together to sign a compromised two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits.

“They had everything they wanted in a deal handed to them with white gloves and a silver platter, yet still found a way to not support this critical tax cut for struggling families. Let me join the thousands of blue collar families who will be thanking our ultra-wealthy Congresswoman for the coal this Christmas. From a political perspective, I appreciate their efforts to extend these measures for a full year, but a two-month extension is an immediate necessity and one that should not be aborted due to dogma or political ideology. Along with some of her colleagues, the Congresswoman seems to be completely out of touch with working families and struggling small businesses.” Senator Ball said. “Ensuring that blue-collar families can rely on a tax cut in a time when so many families are feeling the ravages of a hemorrhaging economy is the right thing to do regardless of how the politics play out in the next election. “

The bill, which was shot down on Tuesday, would have extended this year’s 4.2 payroll tax rate through February. Without congressional action, the rate will revert to 6.2 percent on Jan. 1, costing 160 million workers a two-month tax break worth nearly $170 annually.

The bill would continue extra unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, which would also expire Jan. 1. The bill would also prevent a 27 percent decrease in doctors’ Medicare reimbursements from occurring on New Year’s Day, a cut that could discourage some physicians from treating Medicare-covered patients.

“Small business owners and the economy at large rely upon the type of stability that the federal and state government, through intelligent and pragmatic policy, are in the position to provide. It is fundamentally important that voters of all political background, living in swing districts like ours, demand that their representatives in Congress quit the ideologically-driven horseplay, roll up their sleeves and conduct the nation’s business in a way fitting of American families – the same working class families that have been making tough decisions as a fact of life for years.”


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Brittany Oat: (845) 200-9716.





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About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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