Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement after helping the House pass a payroll tax cut extension through the end of 2012. The legislation, approved by a 293-132 margin, averted an average $1,000 tax increase on millions of middle class Americans, protected emergency unemployment benefits for those looking for jobs, and ensured Medicare beneficiaries would continue to have access to their doctors by preventing a 27.4 percent cut in physician payment rates.
"I am pleased that we were able to come together on a payroll tax cut extension package that will provide a much needed boost to our constituents at a critical time by extending tax relief that benefits middle class families, continuing emergency unemployment benefits and averting drastic cuts for Medicare doctors that would affect our seniors' health care. Keeping these same Americans in mind, we must now move with the utmost resolve to find common ground on ways to create jobs and boost our economy. We can start by supporting proposals to increase partnerships between growing industries and community colleges to train our workforce with skills they need for jobs that are available."