Gerlach votes to prevent tax hikes, preserve seniors’ access to medical care and promote job growth

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Washington, Dec 13, 2011 | comments

Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) voted Tuesday in favor of the proposed Middle-Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act.

H.R. 3630 passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 234-193 and with the support of 10 Democrats.

The legislation includes a one-year extension of a federal payroll tax cut that would save workers earning $50,000 per year $1,000; stops a looming 27 percent cut in the reimbursements for doctors treating seniors enrolled in Medicare; provides several incentives for businesses of all sizes to hire workers and grow; and reforms the unemployment compensation system and extends jobless benefits for those out of work.

Instead of raising tax rates that would hurt families and discourage hiring or relying on more borrowing from China and other foreign countries, the House plan would be paid for by requiring millionaires to repay any unemployment compensation they collect, freezing the pay for members of Congress and all federal workers and wiping out wasteful Washington spending in several federal agencies.

Gerlach urged the Senate to act swiftly on the proposal.

"The House has listened to families, taxpayers, business owners and seniors in adopting a financially-responsible plan that avoids raising taxes on anyone right before Christmas and boosts confidence so that businesses can hire people and get our economy growing again," Gerlach said. "I am hopeful that our counterparts in the Senate understand the urgency of acting on this proposal. We have a tremendous opportunity to allow workers to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks, ensure doctors can continue caring for their Medicare patients and provide help to those weathering the current economic challenges created, in part, by the policies of the past few years that simply served to drive our country deeper into debt without delivering on promises of creating jobs."

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