In Thursday afternoon statement, Speaker announces, “Senator Reid and I have reached an agreement that will ensure taxes do not increase.”
During media availability, Boehner admits it “may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world” to fight the Senate version of the extension.
Asks both chambers to approve new bill extending payroll tax cut by unanimous consent before Christmas.
Read Speaker Boehner’s statement below.
“Senator Reid and I have reached an agreement that will ensure taxes do not increase for working families on January 1 while ensuring that a complex new reporting burden is not unintentionally imposed on small business job creators. Under the terms of our agreement, a new bill will be approved by the House that reflects the bipartisan agreement in the Senate along with new language that allows job creators to process and withhold payroll taxation under the same accounting structure that is currently in place. The Senate will join the House in immediately appointing conferees, with instructions to reach agreement in the weeks ahead on a full-year payroll tax extension. We will ask the House and Senate to approve this agreement by unanimous consent before Christmas. I thank our Members – particularly those who have remained here in the Capitol with the holidays approaching – for their efforts to enact a full-year extension of the payroll tax cut for working families.”