Senate Leader breaks silence, proposes passing the two-month extension and urges Reid to appoint conferees to negotiate with the House on yearlong payroll tax holiday.
Reid tweets in agreement: “Once the House passes the Senate’s bipartisan compromise, I’m happy to restart negotiating to forge a yearlong payroll tax cut.”
Read Pelosi’s victory lap statement below.
Pelosi Statement on Senator McConnell’s Payroll Tax Cut Comments
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments on the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits, and SGR Medicare physician fix:
“As Senator McConnell’s statement today makes clear, the only thing standing between 160 million Americans and a tax increase is House Republicans’ refusal to act.
“Today, House Democratic leaders sent a letter to Speaker Boehner calling for swift and immediate passage of the Senate bill, preventing a middle class tax hike on January 1 and allowing us to work toward a yearlong extension.
“House Republicans now stand alone. It’s time to pass the bipartisan Senate compromise and give the gift of certainty and economic security to all American families in the new year.”