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Calling on the Senat to Pass Jobs Bills

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HERGER. Mr. Speaker, this House has sent numerous jobs bills to the Senate in an effort to get our Nation back to work.

I want to call particular attention to the 3 percent withholding repeal legislation I authored, which passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support just last week. This legislation will help many small businesses create more jobs, and the Senate should act on it without further delay. The House-passed bill would eliminate a burden on job creators by repealing a tax that requires government agencies to withhold 3 percent of all payments for goods and services.

As someone who comes from a small business background, I can attest that although this provision does not take effect until the end of next year, it hurts job creation now because businesses look several years ahead when they are deciding how to invest. It is not surprising that over 150 businesses, health care, education, and local government groups support passage of this legislation. In addition, over 400 Members of the House of Representatives have voted for it, and President Obama has endorsed it, as well as Representative Black's associated cost-saving measure.

Instead of waiting for more stimulus bills that face bipartisan opposition, the Senate should work with the House to pass jobs bills like this one that is supported by both parties.

There are already 15 jobs bills passed by the House that are being delayed unnecessarily, and 3 percent withholding repeal joins those forgotten 15 in waiting in our U.S. Senate and by our Senate colleagues. The House version of this repeal continues to have strong bipartisan support.

The Senate has heard from job creators just as we have about the need for this legislation, and they should work with us in passing commonsense jobs bills, starting with the repeal of the 3 percent withholding tax.

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