WASHINGTON – Minnesota’s congressional delegation is slowly responding to news of an agreement between House Republicans and Senate on extending the payroll tax cut for another two months.
Here are the responses we’ve received so far:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) – Bachmann’s office said she didn’t have a statement about the agreement.
Rep. Chip Cravaack (R) – “A year-long extension of these provisions is truly what is best for all Americans. However, because the Senate refused to come back to Washington to negotiate, I had no other option than to accept this most recent deal, which is similar to Senate’s proposal submitted before they left Washington. Therefore, I would rather accept the Senate’s ultimatum than allow my constituents to receive a tax increase in January, allow a lapse in unemployment insurance, and jeopardize health care for our seniors.
“I look forward to continuing to work towards a long-term solution next year which focuses on the needs of all Americans by creating jobs and certainty in our fragile economy.”
Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL) – “Ending this needless political drama means 160 million working Americans will not see their taxes increase and that is good news for families and the economy. I hope this compromise sets the tone for addressing our nation’s most serious problems in the coming year.”
Rep. Tim Walz (DFL) – “I am pleased that compromise was allowed to prevail to prevent a tax increase on 160 million hardworking Americans.”