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Colorado Republicans Rally for 12-Month Payroll Tax Extension


Colorado’s Republican Congressional delegation stood alongside party colleagues today calling for a 12-month extension of social security payroll tax cuts, rejecting the Democratic led-Senate’s two month extension plan. 

Congress didn’t vote on the actual payroll tax, but passed a motion calling for the dispute to be resolved by a House-Senate conference committee. Along with other Republicans, 4th Congressional Representative Cory Gardner said he approved the motion because Americans need the certainty of a 12-month plan.

“The Senate package would only provide $166 of tax relief to middle-class families. Our 12-month extension would provide $1,000 of tax relief to families in Colorado and across this country,” he said on Tuesday after the vote.

The goal of the two-month Senate plan was to give negotiators more time to reconcile differences between House and Senate versions of the 12-month plan.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner called for the Democratic-led Senate to return to Washington. Meantime, the Denver Post reports that Democratic Representative Ed Perlmutter criticized Republicans for “playing games with Americans because they want to block the president’s agenda.”