Speaker Boehner on Extending Payroll Tax Relief for a Full Year: “Let’s Solve This Problem Now”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made the following remarks at a press conference tonight urging Senate Democrats to put their vacation plans on hold, return to Washington, and work with the House to extend payroll tax relief for a full year in a way that doesn’t hurt job growth:
“The House Republican Conference met this evening to talk about our way forward. Listen, our Members believe that we passed a reasonable responsible bill that would extend the payroll tax credit for a year. It would take care of those doctors who treat Medicare patients – the reduction in their payments – solve that problem for the next two years. And extend unemployment benefits with reforms for a year. Exactly what the president asked us to do.
“Our members do not want to just punt and do a two-month short-term fix where we have to come back and do this again. We’re here. We’re willing to work. We will appoint conferees and we hope the Senate will appoint conferees because we’re willing to get the work done now and do it the right way.
“Lastly, it’s become clear that what the Senate did pass is going to cause job creators all kinds of problems. As we saw the report that came out today by those who actually run payroll systems that there was great confusion about the way the Senate bill was put together. I think it’s time to just do the right thing for the American people. Let’s solve this problem now. We’ll have plenty of time to deal with other issues next year.”