Frustrated with unrelated add-ons and wasted time on one-house legislation, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to encourage his colleagues to abandon today’s consideration of H.R. 3630 and instead begin serious debate on clean legislation to cut the payroll tax for middle class families in Western New York and across the nation.
If Congress doesn’t act the payroll tax will go up to 6.2% on Jan. 1 from its current reduced rate of 4.2%. Congressman Higgins supports efforts to keep the payroll tax cut but disagrees with the convoluted bill before the House today. The legislation in question is also opposed by the AARP for provisions adding more costs to seniors on Medicare, and the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network for drastic cuts to disease prevention which not only save lives but reduces health care costs.
Congressman Higgins made the following remarks from the House Floor:
“Mr. Speaker, today the House will debate extending the payroll tax cut.
“I strongly urge extending this tax cut. If we don’t, tens of millions of New York families will see an average tax increase of $1000 next year, and as many as 400,000 jobs could be lost nationwide.
“But frankly it is ridiculous that we are considering the legislation on the Floor today. With so many unrelated riders attached to the bill we know it is dead on arrival in the Senate.
“This charade will create anxiety among middle class Americans that their taxes are about to go up. And it will create economic uncertainty during the holiday season when so much of the economy is based on consumer confidence and spending.
“The same Congress that took us to the edge of a government shutdown and defaulting on our debt is again choosing brinksmanship over leadership, regardless of the impact on our economy and the middle class.
“I urge the House to reject this bill and pass a clean extension of the payroll tax cut that we know will pass the Senate and become law immediately.”
The House is expected to vote on H.R. 3630 later today.