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House Votes to Extend Payroll Tax Holiday, Prevent Cuts to Medicare Providers


Location: Washington, DC

On Friday, the House approved the conference report to H.R. 3630, extending the payroll tax holiday for millions of American workers through December 31, 2012. At a time when many families continue to struggle to make ends meet, this extension will allow workers to take home more of what they earn. The conference report also prevents a devastating 27.4% cut in reimbursements to Medicare physicians. Regarding unemployment benefits, the report extends federal unemployment insurance programs through the end of the year, while reducing the maximum number of weeks of benefits available from 99 weeks to 73 weeks in high unemployment states and to 63 weeks in states with lower unemployment rates. The report also establishes national job-search requirements for those receiving benefits and allows states to conduct drug testing and screening of applicants who have been terminated from their previous job as a result of illegal drug use. While the conference report is far from perfect, Congressman Miller supported it to prevent American workers from seeing their taxes rise at the end of the month and stop the drastic cuts to Medicare providers. He will continue working to strengthen our economy, allow Americans to keep more of their own money, and protect seniors' access to medical care.

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