Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011. With her support, the bill now moves to the Senate for further action.
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 extends current payroll tax relief, protects Social Security, reforms and extends unemployment insurance, and is pro-business.
"With the passage of this bill, temporary payroll tax relief will be extended, ensuring that hard-working Americans get to keep more of their own money," said Rep. Buerkle.
"Unemployment insurance will be reformed to give people in difficult economic circumstances the tools they need to get back to work. Businesses and industries will receive the support they need to create jobs and stimulate the economy. Our doctors will be protected from dangerous reimbursement rate cuts, which would limit Medicare patient's access to the healthcare services they need.
"While certainly a step in the right direction, this bill is not perfect."
In addition to supporting the middle class and job creating initiatives the legislation calls for Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, funds provided to hospitals who serve a high population of low income seniors or receive a significant portion of their revenue from Medicare, to be reduced; a move that risks a hospital's ability to provide care to Medicare patients.
"In speaking to the leaders of the multiple, major hospitals in my district, I know how essential Disproportionate Share Hospital payments are to a hospital's ability to provide quality services to Medicare patients.
"While this bill's proposal for DSH payments is a marked improvement upon the President's Health Care Law provisions, we need to take it another step. I have introduced the Help Our Hospitals Act of 2011. This bill will repeal the drastic cuts to DSH payments initiated by the President's Health Care Law; there in helping our hospitals and the Medicare patients they serve."