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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke's Statement on the Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Legislation


Location: Washington, DC

Yesterday, with a vote of 293 to 132, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3630, the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement regarding the vote:

"I could not vote in favor of the Payroll Tax Cut Extension because once again, Republicans refused to ask multi-millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share. Instead, it was paid for on the backs of federal employees, many of whom are women and people of color," stated Rep. Clarke. "I am also concerned that the reduction in "bad debt payments' included in the bill will severely curtail hospitals' ability to provide services to our communities, especially low-income neighborhoods. Also, the new drug testing provision is simply unfair. It will have the effect of denying benefits to those who have already worked for them."

"It is important to note that while I voted against the bill, it was very difficult since there are provisions that I supported. These provisions include: extending the payroll tax cuts; extending unemployment benefits; preventing the scheduled cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates to doctors; and building the D Block nationwide broadband network for first responders," stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.

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