Today, Congressman Bill Shuster voted to call the Senate back to Washington to work towards a full one-year payroll tax relief extension before the first of the year. Shuster issued the following statement after votes:
"Just days ago, the House voted to extend payroll tax relief and unemployment insurance for a full year just as the President wanted and the American people demanded. The Senate failed to see it through and instead passed a two-month extension that essentially kicked the can down the road.
One of the most serious threats to job creation in America remains the overwhelming uncertainty that continues to hang over our economy. Employers cannot plan their taxes for the next year in two-month intervals. The Senate cannot falter on its responsibility to the American people. House Republicans are willing to work as long as it takes over Christmas to pass a one-year extension. The Senate should do the same."
The House-passed one-year payroll tax extension also included important reforms to unemployment insurance, a two-year "doc fix' for Medicare reimbursement and most important; language to begin construction on the Keystone Pipeline which will create more than 20,000 American jobs and bring Canadian oil south to the United States instead of west to China.