PoliticsPA – Senate Hopefuls Side with House GOP on Payroll Tax Cut

PA US Senate Candidates Debating at the PA Society earlier this month

Several candidates hoping to face Senator Bob Casey next year say the payroll tax cut compromise he supported isn’t good enough. They told PoliticsPA that Republicans in the U.S. House are right to hold out on the deal.

The House GOP rejected this week a Senate package that would extend the tax break for two months. It was supported by a strong majority of Republicans and Democrats. They are instead pushing for a year-long extensions coupled with additional concessions from Democrats….

Marc Scaringi, a Cumberland County attorney and a former aide to U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, took an even more direct stance.

“The US Senate should not have settled for the two-month payroll tax cut extension.  I would have voted against the Senate version of the bill because it does not provide long-term or permanent tax and spending cuts and regulatory relief,” he explained. “I stand with the Republicans in the House of Representatives….”

The campaigns of Steve Welch, David Christian and Laureen Cummings did not respond to requests for comment. However, during a debate earlier in December, they and all of the candidates echoed the idea that the payroll tax cut extension is too short-sighted to have a positive impact.

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