With the payroll tax increase set to take effect at the end of February, Representative Sean Duffy announced today that he will support the newly announced plan by House Leadership to extend the payroll tax cut separately for the remainder of the year in order to protect Wisconsin families and workers, and avoid a contentious political fight. Upon making this decision, Representative Duffy issued the following statement:
"As the payroll tax increase quickly approaches, it has become clear that Senate Democrats in Washington are more interested in playing political games than they are in protecting American workers and families. Some even appear willing to let middle class workers get hit with a tax hike just to score political points -- I am not one of them.
"I was the first member of my caucus in December to call upon House Leadership to act on a payroll tax compromise and I commend them again today for once again making the right choice. Hard-working men and women in Wisconsin can't afford a tax increase right now, and we should not hold their paychecks hostage just because of brinksmanship in Washington.
"Since the beginning of this debate I have been very clear that I am not willing to add more uncertainty to the economy or do harm to middle class workers. I intend to support the payroll tax extension on the floor this week and will continue to work across the aisle to see that the rest of the issues including the important "doc fix' and reforms to unemployment benefits are dealt with swiftly."