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New York Representatives Nan Hayworth (NY-19) and Tom Reed (NY-29) today have renewed their call for the Senate to return to Washington and finish its work. Hayworth and Reed are among eight House Conference Committee negotiators working in Washington to reconcile differences between the House version and Senate versions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act.
The House and Senate versions differ on the payroll tax extension, “Doc Fix” for doctors facing reimbursement cuts for seeing Medicare patients, and extension of unemployment benefits among other issues. The Senate proposes a 60-day temporary extension while the House version advances an entire year of payroll tax cuts and a two year Doc Fix.
Hayworth and Reed, who both came to Washington with backgrounds in small business, remain on the job working for New Yorkers and all American taxpayers.
"Now is the time to cooperate--House Members and Senators, Republicans and Democrats alike-- to achieve the common-sense solutions that the American people need and deserve before the end of this year," said Hayworth. "Congressman Reed and I are two of eight House negotiators fighting as hard as we can to give hardworking families relief from additional tax burdens, continue to help our unemployed, and ensure seniors’ access to their doctors under Medicare. Now it’s time for the Senate to select conferees to join us to help struggling families and job creators. I’m ready and willing to work through the holidays, just the way millions of our fellow New Yorkers will be doing to make ends meet. I am committed to doing all I can to help our neighbors in the Hudson Valley have jobs and opportunity in a strong and healthy economy."
“Hard working New Yorkers know that in any business, if the job isn’t done, you work overtime to complete the task,” Reed said. “We are here in Washington calling for the Senate to come back and join us in conference so that we can work through differences as is regular procedure. I am pleased to remain here working with my New York colleague Nan Hayworth to find long-term solutions for taxpayers. If the Senate continues to stay on vacation leaving the job undone, it will be an embarrassing failure of leadership on their part.”