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Speaker of the House John Boehner

December 21, 2011

Our struggling economy weighs on the minds of many Americans this holiday season. They’re worried about their families and futures, and looking to Washington to find common ground to help create jobs.

This fall, President Obama called for a year-long extension of the payroll tax cut, and the House passed a year-long extension, with bipartisan support. Our bill would also extend and reform unemployment insurance, protect seniors’ access to doctors through Medicare, and help create jobs. Unfortunately, instead of passing the House bill or any other year-long extension, Democratic leaders in the Senate passed a two-month measure and left town for the holidays.