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3% Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts. Mr. President, I first want to thank Senator Tester for his comments.

Mr. President, if we pass these two measures today, if we repeal the 3-percent withholding and take steps to help our veterans find work, the American people will win, and for 1 day at least partisanship will lose.

Veterans Day is tomorrow. So let's renew our commitment to the men and women who have answered the call of duty and who have fought for us and for our freedom and continue to do so.

Our returning heroes face a jobs crisis. We all know it. We hear about it. It is as relevant in Massachusetts as it is in Montana and every other State in this great country. We are here to make a difference today, and that is what this bill will do. This bill will give a much needed boost to the employment of veterans.

I earlier filed a hire a hero act, and I am glad it has been incorporated with the President's proposals and is moving forward today. The 3-percent withholding provision is also something I have been working on for many months as well. So I am glad these two bills are coming to fruition. It will give, as I said, a much needed boost to our unemployed heroes, and it will improve our veterans transitioning from military to civilian life.

I hope Congress will seize on this momentum and work in a bipartisan manner to pass more jobs legislation. Contrary to what we read and hear from the media, there are things we can all agree on, and these are two good examples.

So I say again, if we can do these two things--repeal the 3-percent withholding and help our veterans--maybe it will usher in an era of good will, with one good deed leading to another good deed, and so on, and so on. So let's end this stealth tax and do something meaningful for our veterans. Let's start working together. Above all, let's put Americans first because we are all Americans first.

I thank the Chair, and I yield the floor.

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Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts. Mr. President, I just want to remind everyone this is on the 3-percent withholding. I know I have been working on this and others have been working on this for some time. This is part of the President's jobs bill. Who said we can't get together and do something? By working together, we are going to do something the American people want: get rid of the stealth tax that is basically hurting job creation in my State and in other States throughout the country.

I wish to thank the leadership on both sides for working through this. I encourage everyone to vote for it. I hope we can have a nice signing ceremony when it is done to show there is truly bipartisan work because one good deed equals another good deed and so on and so forth.

Remember, we are Americans first. We need to start doing the things the American people want us to do.

I thank the Chair.

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