U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott, who has strongly advocated and voted for the extension of the payroll tax cut for working families, issued the following statement after House Republican Leadership finally agreed to accept a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut while a longer-team solution is negotiated with the Senate.

U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott, who has strongly advocated and voted for the extension of the payroll tax cut for working families, issued the following statement after House Republican Leadership finally agreed to accept a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut while a longer-team solution is negotiated with the Senate.  The deal ensures there will be no payroll tax increase on Jan. 1 and also protects Medicare reimbursements to providers and protects unemployment insurance benefits for out-of-work Americans.
Statement by U.S. Congressman Mike Ross:
“I’m pleased to see that cooler heads prevailed and House Republican leadership finally listened to the American people.  Our number one priority is to stop a tax increase on Jan. 1 – not on playing partisan games.  I support this bipartisan agreement, which guarantees a payroll tax cut extension for at least two months in 2012 while both the House and Senate negotiate a longer-term solution to pay for the extensions instead of simply adding more to our national debt.  I hope this entire experience has been a teaching moment for those in Congress who continue to pursue their own partisan agendas and for those who reject good policy just because it comes from the other party.  It’s time that Congress stop the nonsense and start working together to balance the budget, create jobs and get our economy back on track.”