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Update: Dold Calls for Passage of 60-Day Extension, Deal Reached

North Shore Congressman urges Republican leadership to modify stance on extension of payroll tax holiday and long term unemployment benefits.

Update (4:30 p.m.): House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reached an agreement today to extend the payroll tax holiday and long term unemployment benefits for 60 days. There will be a voice vote of House members Friday. 

(Earlier 3:30 p.m.):  urged House Republican leadership today to pass the 60-day extension of payroll tax holiday and long term unemployment benefits approved Saturday by the Senate. 

Rather than vote on the bill Tuesday, Dold voted with most House Republican colleagues to send the bill to a conference committee with the Senate to resolve the differences between the two chambers. 

At that time, if he did not think the conference committee would work. In the wake of a number of Senate Republicans urging the House to follow suit, Dold now wants the 60-day extension. 

“For months I have been advocating for the extension of the payroll-tax holiday and have been working in a bipartisan way in Congress to find common ground so we can get things done for the American people,” Dold said. “It is clear that the Senate will not negotiate with the House so I am calling on House Leadership to immediately pass the Senate’s temporary two-month extension.”

Dold is not giving up on the conference committee idea. He wants members appointed quickly to avoid a similar problem at the end of February.

 “I am calling on Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to immediately appoint Senate conferees so that both bodies of Congress can come together and work out a long-term solution,” Dold said.

Dold is one of approximately 40 Republicans who comprise the Tuesday group of moderate Republicans. The group was once chaired by now Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park).

Donny December 28, 2011 at 03:00 PM
^ With Hand Raised - Hey everyone that is going to enjoy New Year's at their Lake Michigan home enjoying a sunset with their wonderful family raise their hand. Oh hey, I will be watching both Fox and MSNBC to keep an open mind KMC. :)
Charlie December 28, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Gary I left you until the end. I salute your Newtdentity. Dol't look back, the seat of your pants might be in flames. You didn't sit on the diesel hose again did you? dolt.
Sully December 28, 2011 at 04:04 PM
No Donny, not because we disagree with you. Because of your continual childish responses. It's as simple as that. Hope you have a wonderful time in Michigan. But why would you even be near a television set?
Donny December 28, 2011 at 04:28 PM
No Sully, it's because I disagree with you. Something that you can't comprehend, that people actually differ in opinion from yourself. You can't just agree to disagree. I think an earlier poster responded to a patch editor and quoted some of your posts, I think one of them was quite racist when referring to Mexican's. Those posts sure looked childish to me... Oh, I'm near a TV because there is one in the house.
Donny December 28, 2011 at 04:32 PM
No matter if it's 60 days or a year it really does not matter, the country will not be back on track until Congress is in the hands of conservatives Tea party members.

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