Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has been named by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as one of three GOP senators on the Conference Committee responsible for negotiating payroll tax relief beyond the 2-month stopgap that ends in February.
The conferees also will deal with a GOP push to accelerate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and the fight over extending unemployment insurance benefits. A conference committee aims to resolve differences between the House and Senate.
“These deliberations will be neither easy nor quick but we need to get these matters under control, get people back on the job and grow our economy,” Crapo said in a news release.
Crapo has become a go-to guy for cracking tough nuts. President Obama appointed him to the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction panel that presented a plan a year ago. And Crapo is a member of the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Six," which is seeking a major compromise on long-term deficit reduction.
In a news release Friday, McConnell, R-Ken., said he'd appointed Crapo and GOP Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and John Barrasso of Wyoming.
“These three Senators will help lead our efforts to focus on the areas of agreement between the House and Senate approaches to these expiring provisions. Both the Senate and House produced bills that require the President to quickly make a decision on whether to support thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs through the Keystone XL pipeline, and were fully paid for without raising taxes on job creators. Both extended current law on additional unemployment insurance payments, the temporary payroll tax holiday, seniors’ access to medical care and TANF. And both were passed with bipartisan support,” McConnell said in the release.
“But as we move into the new year, it’s crucial for everyone to realize that, once this temporary extension is behind us, the larger goal is to move beyond a discussion of temporary assistance, and toward a bipartisan plan to get our economy moving again, reform the tax code, and preserve and protect entitlement programs for future generations.”
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