Durbin Statement on Speaker Boehner's Comments on the Bipartisan Payroll Tax Agreement

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] – Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today in response to Speaker Boehner’s comments on the bipartisan payroll tax agreement passed by the Senate yesterday:


"It is time for the Speaker to convene the House and approve the bipartisan Senate agreement to extend the middle class tax cut and maintain unemployment benefits for 60 days.”


America has had its fill this year of repeated political ultimatums from Speaker Boehner. We can and we must negotiate a long-term agreement after the House passes the Senate’s bipartisan agreement.”


“Speaker Boehner says he does not want to ‘kick the can down the road’. His stubborn refusal to accept this bipartisan approach will endanger a tax cut and kick America's middle class off the road."


The Senate passed the payroll tax agreement by a vote of 89-10.