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Conaway Statement on Agreement to Extend the Payroll Tax Holiday, Reform Unemployment & Prevent Cuts to Medicare Doctors

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Washington, February 17, 2012 | comments

Rep. K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the following statement after voting on H.R. 3650, The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act.

 “After six weeks of negotiations, most of which was spent convincing Democrats to agree on a way to offset the entire cost of this bill, Republicans were left with two options: vote no and raise taxes or pass this bill.

“While not perfect, this agreement is needed to ensure middle-class Americans are not hit with a tax increase next month.

 “Finally, this will also implement a common sense policy that I worked hard to include that will provide state’s with the ability to drug test unemployment insurance recipients. I have pushed for this measure since December because I believe it is the right thing to do.  We should not reward individuals who are unemployable because they cannot pass a drug test.”

 

Background:
  • Doc fix: This bill will protect seniors from disruptions in their medical care by preventing an immediate 27.4% cut to physician reimbursements.
  • ObamaCare: It also repeals $5 Billion – largest individual repeal to date – of slush funding created in the 2010 health care law.

 

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