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.