This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed the remaining spending bills for fiscal year 2012. This marks the second year in a row that we have reduced money spent on government operations. Earlier this week, the House passed a jobs package that included year-long extensions of the payroll tax holiday and the emergency unemployment compensation program. Our bill also prevents a cut to Medicare reimbursement rates for two years and would have allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed. All of these items are paid for without increasing taxes on job creators and without creating more debt. The Senate is currently discussing a package of similar provisions, should they pass legislation, the House could return next week to consider the proposal.