Tester: ‘Too bad it took public pressure’ to undo House’s unpopular tax hike

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement following news that, under pressure from the American public, the U.S. House of Representatives has finally agreed to approve the Senate’s bipartisan tax cut plan:

“After yet another politics-as-usual week in Washington, the House of Representatives finally got the message that most Montanans have been demanding: We can’t afford a tax hike on middle-class families.  It’s too bad it took public pressure to undo another irresponsible decision that should have never been made in the first place.  I’m pleased the party bosses in the House are finally on board with our plan for supporting tax relief for middle-class families and the Montana jobs that will come with the Keystone XL pipeline.”

On Saturday, Tester joined 88 of his colleagues—Republicans and Democrats—in approving an extension of the payroll tax holiday.  The measure includes language included by Tester to assure private property protections in a provision to speed the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.