Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today returned to Washington ready to resume work on the challenges facing the American people. Butterfield's main concern is passing a full one-year extension of unemployment insurance benefits, Medicare payments for physicians, and the Middle Class Tax Cut, which affects 4.7 million North Carolinians.
"House Democrats are here in Washington working hard to reach a bipartisan one-year extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits, and the Medicare physician fee fix," said Butterfield. "Republicans, on the other hand, have decided to remain on vacation for a couple more weeks. I cannot remain on vacation when my constituents are depending on us to safeguard their incomes, ensure access to healthcare, and provide them with financial relief. Congress has important work to do. It is time for Republicans to come back to work."
Prior to the December recess, Congress passed a two-month extension of all three benefits, which will expire on February 29 if a full-year agreement is not reached.