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Today, U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) voted in favor of the Payroll Tax Holiday Agreement, which extends a lower payroll tax rate to our nation’s working men and women.  The measure also extends unemployment insurance (UI) for Kentuckians currently looking for work, while providing a vital Medicare reimbursement fix until the end of the year. In a bipartisan vote, the House passed the measure 293-132 and the Senate passed the measure 60-36. H.R. 3630 now awaits consideration by the President.

“Although this package was not my first choice, I refuse to let Washington’s political games and the lack of leadership in the White House result in a tax hike for millions of hardworking families.  Kentuckians across the state are facing difficult times,” says Rogers. “By extending the payroll tax cut, families will get to keep more of their hard-earned money.  Further, we’re strengthening unemployment assistance for our out-of-work neighbors, granting them more time to find jobs. Finally, H.R. 3630 will prevent a potential exodus of doctors and medical professionals who serve those dependent on Medicare.”

This legislation extends payroll tax cut benefits to 160 million Americans and delivers a savings of approximately $1,000 for the average worker this year. In addition to extending the payroll-tax cut, this measure also prevents a 27.4 percent cut to Medicare doctors for the rest of 2012, ensuring that seniors and the disabled, particularly in rural areas, have access to quality care. This legislation also reforms certain Medicare programs to reduce wasteful spending and creates greater oversight of various Medicare programs to ensure taxpayer dollars are protected.

Besides extending UI through 2012, H.R. 3630 also takes steps to reform this program to allow states to pilot innovative pro-work strategies, and permit drug testing for applicants who were terminated from their previous job due to drug use. This bill also closes the “Strip Club” loophole so that welfare funds cannot be accessed at ATMs in strip clubs, liquor stores, and casinos.  Adjustments in retirement benefits for federal employees, sale of broadcast spectrum, and key parts of ObamaCare will be repealed to help offset the cost of the agreement.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit