Finally, a payroll tax cut extension was approved by the normally tax-cut-loving Republican House.
In a near-empty Capitol building, the Senate and then the House signed off on a compromise plan by unanimous consent, a procedural move that allowed the legislation to move to the president’s desk without requiring most lawmakers to return to Washington.
In addition to keeping Social Security payroll taxes at current levels for an additional two months, the deal struck by party leaders Thursday would maintain unemployment insurance for people who have been jobless for an extended period and would block a cut in the payments doctors receive for treating Medicare patients.
House Speaker John Boehner said, “It’s not always easy to do the right thing.” Not when you have anti-government fanatics nipping at your heels.Click here for reuse options!
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