Brewster, N.Y. – (12/20/2011) – 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.
“Once again, its seems that some of those in Washington, D.C. are more concerned with gamesmanship and the next election instead of working to solve the nation’s real and compelling problems,” Senator Ball sad. “Ensuring that blue-collar families can rely on a tax cut in a time when 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. I appreciate their effort 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. “
The bill, which was shot down on Sunday, 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 that have been making similar 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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