Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) issued the following statement Thursday night after House and Senate leaders announced an agreement that would allow negotiations to continue on a fiscally-responsible plan for providing a full year of middle class tax relief while at the same time avoiding an immediate payroll tax increase:
"I am pleased that 160 million workers will not be forced to send more of their hard-earned paychecks to Washington on January 1st, and that we are giving businesses of all sizes relief from the unworkable paperwork nightmares associated with implementing the Senate's short-term extension. However, our work is far from done. Workers still deserve a full year of payroll tax-relief, doctors still deserve a longer-term reimbursement remedy that allows them to continue treating seniors enrolled in Medicare and we still need real reforms to unemployment compensation and welfare. The House passed a plan to accomplish all of those goals and to give the President the full year of middle-class tax relief that he demanded. Although Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid refused to return from vacation to finish the job right, I and my colleagues in the House remain committed to coming up with long-term solutions that encourage hiring and help get our economy growing."