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Aderholt Statement on the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today released the following statement in support of H.R. 3060, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011:

"Over the past year House Republicans have passed more than 25 measures to help America's job creators, however at nearly every turn Democrat leadership in the Senate has blocked these efforts to reverse burdensome regulations and create an environment for sustainable private-sector job growth," said Aderholt.

"This nonsense has gone on long enough. It is time that Congress protect American workers and job creators from further tax increase, job killing regulations and put an end to wasteful Washington spending. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, does just that. This legislation protects all workers from facing a tax increase in January and does so without borrowing from the Social Security trust fund. Our nation's seniors and future generations should not be left to foot the bill of the Obama Administration's failed economic policies."

"This legislation further protects the Social Security trust fund by freezing pay for government workers, including members of Congress. It also reforms programs in an effort to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse."

"As the economy fights to recover, it's important to continue opening the doors for job creation. This bill directly supports measures that will ultimately aid in the creation of private sector jobs, such as the Keystone XL energy pipeline and blocks the EPA's job destroying Boiler MACT regulations. Additionally, this legislation addresses the need for reform in our nation's existing Unemployment Insurance program. Recognizing unemployment services should focus on helping Americans get back to work, the bill uses a two-step process to gradually reduce the number of weeks Unemployment Insurance recipients can receive benefits without finding gainful employment from 99 to 59 weeks, a common sense level that is in line with past recessions and economic downturns."

"For the past decade, Congress has been operating Medicare's "doc fix" payment policy just a few months at a time, providing great uncertainty for Doctors serving patients with Medicare. This legislation includes a two-year doc fix, providing physicians greater stability and paves the way for a permanent solution. Also included with this provision are program updates to further reduce waste, fraud and abuse, as well as a repeal of $8 billion in funding mandated by ObamaCare."

"Because Washington must stop spending money our country simply does not have, House Republicans have fully offset the costs of this bill with real, common sense spending cuts. I hope the Senate and the Administration finally answer American's call to action and swiftly pass this bill," concluded Aderholt.

Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.

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