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House Freshmen Make Their Presence Felt on Payroll Tax Cut Issue

Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 03:17 PM

By Dan Weil

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House Republican freshmen have made a huge imprint on this year’s legislative debates, none more so than the payroll tax extension, Politico reports.

The Senate passed a compromise two-month extension Saturday, but the House rejected it Tuesday amid objections from conservatives who want a one-year extension. It was the rookies who led the way, with only three of the 87 freshman Republicans in the House voting for the bill.

The 84 rookies are standing up for what they believe is right. “Only in this town can being right be wrong,” Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly told Politico.

“It’s the only place in the world where, if you do the right thing, you’re wrong. Are you kidding me? . . . If you can’t start doing what’s right for the American people, then why the h--- did you come here? We’re $15 trillion dollars in debt, and these people are telling you this is how you should run your business? Give me a break. These people need to get out of here. They drink the Potomac water, and they get infected.”

The freshmen are unfazed by criticism of their stance from The Wall Street Journal editorial board.

“Well look, I haven’t read what The Wall Street Journal writes,” Maryland Rep. Andy Harris told Politico. “Usually I take with a grain of salt what I read or hear anywhere in the media.”

Florida Rep. Dan Webster says he and the other freshmen aren’t looking for a fight. “Nobody wants to be blamed for something, but nobody wants to pass bad policy either,” he told Politico.

“I only have one thing, that’s my vote. I’m responsible for my vote for two years. I’m not going to give it away to a senator or a bunch of screaming Democrats or anyone else. I will do what I think is right.”


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