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Bishop: Payroll tax cut avoids tax increase

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, addresses military families during a town hall meeting Friday at MCLB-Albany.

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, addresses military families during a town hall meeting Friday at MCLB-Albany.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, applauded passage of a bill extending the payroll tax cuts for 160 million workers Friday, saying the measure will help avoid a tax increase for hard-working Americans.

Bishop, who was one of six Georgia congressmen — four Democrat and two Republican — who supported the measure, said the bill will shore up unemployment benefits for those still looking for work and will extend Medicare benefits.

“The payroll tax relief package is a widely supported, bipartisan tax initiative that will ensure the continuation of vital tax cuts for thousands of hard-working American families in middle and Southwest Georgia,” Bishop said. “Passage of this legislation ensures that taxes will not increase for 160 million working Americans, and unemployment benefits will not be discontinued for displaced workers aggressively looking for new jobs. Additionally, this legislation makes certain that millions of seniors on Medicare will continue to have access to their doctors.”

Georgia’s two Senators, Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, and Johnny Isakson, R-Atlanta, voted against the extension of the cut but released no statements through their offices about the bill.

President Obama was expected to sign the bill as soon as he returned from a West Coast fundraising trip Friday evening.

Those critical of the bill say that it merely delays serious deliberation of unemployment benefits and will be partially funded through deficit spending.

Comments

msa651 2 years, 2 months ago

Bishop would applaud passing this, Borrowed Money and

Stealing another 100 billion from Social Security, He knows alot about thief.

Making Fed employees pay more for their pensions but the money ain't going there, it's going to pay for a doc fix and unemployment extension.

Stealing from the future to pay for today. Notice where it's all coming from? They are scraping the bottom of the barrow. Are private pension funds and 401K next?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

If the Democrat party ever has the White House, and filibuster-proof majorities in the House and Senate, all 401k and pension funds are at risk of being Nationalized. I used to think that there were enough sane American voters out there to not let that happen but I must say that now I am not very optimistic.

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Trustbuster 2 years, 2 months ago

Not such a good move when you calculate the debt and spending accumulated by the payroll tax cut. If this so called cut wasn't extended into this year the rates would return to the regular levels back in 2001. Cuts should match a reduction in expenditures. This is how the business world operates.

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Sally_O 2 years, 2 months ago

They will find another way to raise taxes.

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

Why would it be so difficult to leave the tax rates alone until we get our debt paid off, (good thing Georgia is a huge exporter of chopsticks to China, huh, and we better start learning how to use them) and at the same time stop paying people to sit around and do nothing (which would also reduce our debt)? People are always so pleased when they get to keep a little bit of money that was theirs in the first place. Isn't the government generous? We should all be so grateful.

"Never suggest a simple and logical solution to a politician or a Liberal, or expect a conservative to comprehend anything that won't fit on a bumper sticker."

Sadly, there are no DVRs for reality.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 2 months ago

While I certainly don't want to see my paycheck get smaller, the course we are on is unsustainable...even Geitner admits it. Obama has done nothing to change the path we are on as a country. Bishop continues to be part of what's wrong with Washington, not a part of the solution. Being a representative should not be a career. He has been in DC way too long and for what? 26 years, right? 26 YEARS! And, how many times do you see him mentioned as being a leader in DC? Quite frankly, I've never seen him mentioned in that light. He has NO power, NO respect. Look at his accomplishments...the list is quite short. About a half-dozen sponsored bill in 26 years. Just this past week, he was named as one of the "Dirty 16" I believe it was called...a list of congressmen who have supported legislation that benefited either himself or relatives. Google it because you're not likely to see a story on it in The Herald. (Just like the recent story of Bishop's wife writing checks to herself in Columbus) Boot Bishop in November.

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