Following passage of the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act, Rep. Rich Nugent (FL-05) issued the following statement:
"The House voted today to extend the payroll tax relief for American families, extended unemployment insurance, ensured that doctor reimbursement rates under Medicare would not be slashed, extended small business tax breaks, and other pro-growth positions. Opponents of the bill will try to paint it as extreme, but how extreme could it seriously be if a dozen Democrats voted for it and a dozen Republicans voted against it?
"I don't absolve either side of playing politics at times, but to try to characterize this bill as anything other than reasonable is transparent political posturing. Do we agree on everything? No. But that's why we have the system we do. When Congress is split, both sides have a say. That's as it should be. The Senate has been making excuses all year. The fact is, they need to pass the bipartisan bills the House has passed or put a piece of legislation out there that they do stand behind. For goodness sakes, we passed two small business bills over a month ago, one of them by a vote of 402-20 and the other by a vote of 413-11. The Senate hasn't even brought them up for committee hearings -- no debate, nothing. The press, the president, and the public need to demand some results from the folks down the hall. Extending the payroll tax cuts is a good place to start."