Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16) voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 234-193. This bill contains an extension of the payroll tax cut, emergency unemployment compensation, and prevention of a Medicare reimbursement cut to doctors. The items contained in the bill are paid for without increasing taxes or the federal deficit.
Rep. Pitts' statement follows:
"The House voted to extend critical provisions to help those seeking jobs and did so without hurting job creators or adding to our national debt. We also moved forward a critical pipeline that will create jobs across the country.
"We don't help Americans looking for work by raising taxes on millions of small businesses. It is critical that we help the unemployed, and this bill is proof that we can do that responsibly."