Republicans Rooney, West differ on payroll tax compromiseby George Bennett | December 23rd, 2011
With the 2 percent cut in Social Security taxes set to expire Dec. 31, the House had approved a one-year extension, but the Senate voted 89-10 for a two-month deal before leaving Washington. Given the choice between a two-month extension and nothing, the House initially voted to reject the Senate version and demand a conference with Senators to iron out differences. The Senate didn’t budge, and the House GOP drew criticism for potentially allowing higher payroll taxes on Jan. 1.
The decision to accept the Senate’s two-month extension got a cautious endorsement from U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, and a denunciation from U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation.
Said Rooney: “I’m frustrated that the Senate left town and refused to negotiate a long-term agreement, but I am glad we will be able to prevent a tax hike from hitting middle class families, while correcting some of the errors in the Senate bill that made it unworkable for small businesses.”
Said West: “The politics of demagoguery have won over pragmatic principle and policy with the concession to enact tax policy on a two-month basis. This is a sad day for America and further evidences our continuing demise. Men and women of principle are becoming a dying breed in this Republic.”