Pelosi Statement on Passage of the Bipartisan Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Dec 23, 2011
Press Release

Contact: Nadeam Elshami/Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the House and Senate passed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance, and the Medicare physician fee fix:

“Today is a victory for all Americans – for the security of our middle class, for the health of our seniors, and for economic growth and job creation. The American people spoke out clearly and, thanks to President Obama's leadership, 160 million Americans will continue to receive their payroll tax cut – nearly $40 per paycheck in the pockets of the average family. I salute the work of the unified House Democratic caucus on behalf of the American people.

“We still have work to do to ensure this extension lasts throughout 2012. Today, I have appointed conferees who will begin work immediately on a bipartisan bill that will create jobs, grow our economy, and strengthen our middle class.”

Today, Leader Pelosi appointed the following conferees to strike a yearlong agreement on the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance, and the Medicare 'doc fix':

  • Congressman Sandy Levin, Ranking Member, Ways and Means Committee
  • Congressman Xavier Becerra, Vice Chair, House Democratic Caucus
  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member, Budget Committee
  • Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Vice Ranking Member, Budget Committee
  • Congressman Henry Waxman, Ranking Member, Energy and Commerce Committee