Congressman Canseco's Statement on passage of the Payroll Tax Holiday Extension Conference Report

Feb 17, 2012


Washington, DC – Congressman Francisco “Quico” Canseco (TX-23), a staunch advocate of fiscal responsibility in the House of Representatives, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the conference report legislation extending the payroll tax holiday through the end of the year (H.R. 3630) :
“Despite encouraging signs, like this past month’s jobs report, that our economy is getting better, many Americans are still experiencing tough economic times. This is not the time to allow any American’s taxes to be raised. That’s why I have consistently supported legislation to extend the payroll tax holiday, including today’s payroll tax holiday extension agreement,” said Congressman Canseco. 
“This agreement also protects seniors’ access to their doctors by preventing a 27.4% cut in Medicare physician reimbursements, which is absolutely critical as seniors are already having a hard enough time accessing health care because of the more than one-half trillion dollars that President Obama’s health care law cut in Medicare. While this agreement does extend unemployment benefits provisions, it includes a major reform of this program by bringing down the maximum number of weeks one could receive unemployment benefits from its current 99 weeks to 63 weeks for the majority of states by the end of the year. Another major reform in the agreement ensures that welfare funds cannot be accessed in strip clubs, liquor stores, and casinos. In a major victory, the spending provisions of this agreement are completely paid for by cutting spending, including significant cuts in President Obama’s health care law spending like a repeal of the special provision in that law known as the ‘Louisiana Purchase’ that was so controversial when it was passed in 2010.” 
“This is certainly not a perfect bill. I am frustrated that this agreement has been stonewalled for months by Washington liberals who time and time again refused to accept any responsible spending cuts proposed by the House – and in some cases by President Obama himself – and instead clamored for higher taxes. As our economy continues to stumble along due to President Obama’s failed policies, we cannot allow the obstruction and political games of these tax and spend liberals to result in a tax hike on millions of hardworking taxpayers. It has been exceedingly frustrating to fight those, here in Washington, that are stuck in the mindset that we can keep spending without consequences. However, faced with the choice of increased taxes, or letting Americans keep more of their hard earned money – I chose to allow hard working American families to keep their money. Given that the House is only one-half of one-third of the federal government, this was the best we could do at this time,” concluded Congressman Canseco.
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