Hoyer Statement on Senate Action on Expiring Policies

For Immediate Release:

December 17, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Senate passed a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits, and a two-month “doc fix”:

“I’m disappointed that Senate Republicans would not agree to a longer-term extension of critical policies and insisted on unrelated provisions that do not belong in this package. But the House must return and take action on this bill so that middle class families do not see a tax increase, people who lost their job through no fault of their own do not lose unemployment insurance benefits, and seniors do not lose access to their doctors. And when the next session of this Congress resumes in January, we must begin work immediately on longer extensions of these policies to provide certainty for families and seniors. I hope Republicans join us in that effort, rather than taking this to the brink once again and waiting until the deadline is upon us.”

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