Payroll tax deal passes despite opposition from Virginia lawmakers

February 17, 2012

The House and Senate easily passed a $150 billion measure to extend the payroll tax holiday Friday, despite the near-unanimous opposition of Washington-area lawmakers concerned that the measure will force some federal employees to contribute more to their pensions.

The bill, which would also extend unemployment benefits and prevent a scheduled cut in payments to doctors under Medicare, passed the House on a bipartisan 293-132 vote and then cleared the Senate on a 60-36 tally, clearing the way for President Obama’s signature.

The measure drew “no” votes from Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) and Reps. Gerald Connolly (D), James P. Moran Jr. (D) and Frank Wolf (R).

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) was the lone area lawmaker to vote for the bill.

See the full report on the Maryland Politics blog.

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