Congressman Hanna "pleased" with payroll tax cut extension
WASHINGTON (WKTV/AP) - The House has passed a two-month renewal of payroll tax cuts for 160 million workers and unemployment benefits for millions of jobless, giving President Barack Obama a resounding victory over Republicans who control the House. The Senate approved the bill earlier Friday. The measure was passed by voice vote in a virtually empty House chamber despite lingering grumbling from tea party Republicans. It buys time for negotiations early next year on how to cover the costs of a yearlong extension of the two percentage point payroll tax cut, the centerpiece of Obama's fall jobs agenda. It would boost the paycheck of the average worker making a $50,000 salary by about $20 a week and would prevent almost 2 million unemployed people from losing jobless benefits averaging $300 a week. Congressman Richard Hanna (R-24) said, "I'm pleased to see the extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance, as well as access to Medicare. This is what I called for days ago. It's a win for the middle class, job seekers, seniors, and physicians. "Now let's get right to work on extending these provisions responsibly for the remainder of 2012. "Upstate New Yorkers are tired of brinkmanship and pointless partisanship. I am, too. Washington should resolve to focus on putting the people - not themselves - first in the New Year." Congressman Richard Hanna will sit down for a LIVE interview Friday evening on the Live at Five Newshour.