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Hirono: Majority’s
Gift to Hawaii Is Tax Increase

Posted 09:06 PM HST, December 20, 2011

Rep. Mazie Hirono. Official Photo, 112th Congress.

By Sonia Isotov

Congressman Mazie Hirono issued a statement today saying that the US House Majority has thrown out the bipartisan agreement passed overwhelmingly by the Senate that would extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits.

If not extended by December 31, 2011, the payroll tax that every employee pays on each paycheck will increase from 4.2%, to 6.2% on January 1, 2012.

Hirono said in her statement that instead of passing the agreement, House Majority’s aim is to reopen negotiations in an attempt to force the Senate to include in the bill many poison pill provisions, like requiring a high school diploma to receive unemployment benefits.

President Obama has said that the Senate’s compromise bill is “the only viable way to prevent a tax hike on January 1.” That bill passed the Senate 89-10 this past weekend.

“The House Majority’s gift to 700,000 workers in Hawaii is to raise their taxes by not extending the payroll tax cut and cut unemployment for 3,000 people in the islands in January,” said Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono, in a written statement.

“The Majority says they want to negotiate, but the Senate already rejected their proposal. Instead, they’re trying to jam through a bunch of poison pill provisions that hurt middle class families. The time for negotiations is over. We need to act now and pass the bipartisan compromise that Senate Republicans and Democrats negotiated and the President is ready to sign. Hawaii’s families are depending on this,” said Hirono.

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  • http://twitter.com/Aloha_Analytics Aloha Analytics

    Sorry, it’s the Democrat controlled Senate that stopped work on the payroll tax cut renewal.  Democrats have nobody to honestly blame but themselves.

    • Dakine

      Not sure what planet you are living on, but the Senate already passed the legislation, its the House Republicans that are holding things up.  You can verify pretty easily on the congressional record.  

      • http://twitter.com/Aloha_Analytics Aloha Analytics

        What was passed in the Senate is different from what failed in the House.  Reconciliation.  It’s an ongoing process. The Democrats in the Senate said to hell with it and would rather go on their Christmas vacation a few days early rathter than pass a reconciled bill.

        • Dakine

          House should have passed it.  They failed.

  • http://twitter.com/Aloha_Analytics Aloha Analytics

    CNBC Today:  Rep. Boehner: Let’s Get The Senate Back In Town And Get This Done

  • http://twitter.com/Aloha_Analytics Aloha Analytics

    Rep. Cantor on @CNBC:  We’re Not Far Away From Agreement On Full-Year Payroll Tax Cut; Calling On Sen. Reid To Bring Senate Back, Start Talks

    • Dakine

      Thats a different bill entirely.  Senate already passed a bill to extend.  After the holidays, modifications can be addressed when there is time to do properly.  This latest game by congress is just silly.  

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