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Florida Republicans help kill Senate payroll tax deal



Florida's delegation voted on party lines* today as the House rejected the Senate payroll tax cut deal. A sampling of reaction:

Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City: "Last week, I voted for a comprehensive House-approved plan to restore economic certainty and provide payroll tax relief for an entire year.  The Senate proposal extends tax relief for just two months, a window so brief that it will do nothing to improve conditions for growth and job creation.  Furthermore, the House plan extends unemployment benefits for a year, while freezing salaries for members of Congress.  The Senate bill extends benefits for two months, with no pay freeze for Congress.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami: “Sadly today, the Republican Leadership walked away from a possible legislative compromise which would have addressed a number of urgent issues facing the American people.  Because of their intransigence, taxes on the middle class will go up beginning in January, and those who depend on unemployment benefits to assist them with their rent, mortgages, heating bills, and to put food on the table for their families, will be simply out of luck.

* Missing the vote were Republican Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Vern Buchanan.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:55pm]


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