Hoyer Statement on Senator McConnell’s Comments Urging House GOP To Pass Senate Bill

For Immediate Release:

December 22, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's comments urging House Republicans to pass the Senate compromise bill to extend middle class tax cuts, extend unemployment insurance, and fix the Medicare physician payment rate as we continue to work on a longer-term extension:

“Today Senator McConnell joined Senate Republicans and House Democrats in calling on House Republicans to prevent a tax increase on middle class families by passing the bipartisan Senate bill. If House Republicans refuse to act, on January 1 they will be responsible for 160 million Americans seeing a tax increase, 2.2 million Americans losing unemployment benefits, and 48 million Americans potentially losing access to their doctors. The American people deserve certainty that we will not allow any of those things to happen. That is why we must pass the bipartisan Senate compromise bill to prevent a tax increase from happening as we continue to work on a year-long extension. I therefore urge Speaker Boehner to either allow this to be passed by unanimous consent, or call the House back into session to pass the Senate bill.”

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