Obama on extending payroll tax cuts

Relishing a political victory, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Congress “did the right thing” by extending payroll tax cuts for millions of Americans. He urged lawmakers to push forward on more measures, from assistance to struggling homeowners to increased taxes on the wealthy, saying the looming election was no excuse for inaction in Washington.”Don’t stop here. Keep going,'” Obama said during a White Houseevent marking the passage of the tax cuts. “Keep taking the action that people are calling for to keep this economy growing. This may be an election year, but the American people have no patience for gridlock,” he said.

Obama was celebrating a tax cut that is already in place, but due to expire at month’s end. He said the extension of the tax cut for the rest of the year will have a spillover effect: More people will spend money and more businesses in turn will be prodded to hire workers, and so “the entire economy” gets a boost. Congress overwhelmingly passed the $143 billion measure on Friday. The bill extends both a 2 percentage point reduction in the tax that funds Social Security and extends jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. The measure also averts a big cut in the reimbursements doctors get for treating Medicare patients.

But Tuesday’s event was not a bill-signing because the bill is not yet in Obama’s hands. Not knowing when the legislation will come down from Capitol Hill, the White House decided to go ahead and hold its event now, while the victory is still fresh in people’s minds. No major event is planned for the actual bill-signing. The payroll tax cut was a centerpiece of the jobs plan Obama unveiled last year — and of a re-election strategy that seeks to cast his GOP foes as protectors of the rich out of touch with the worries of working families. For more information check out the full article posted by Yahoo.com by clicking here.

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