Herrera Beutler votes for payroll tax cut

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U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, was one of seven Republicans who rebelled against a GOP effort Tuesday to defeat a Senate-approved bill to extend the payroll tax cut.

Herrera Beutler voted against a motion to reject the two-month payroll tax cut extension, said her spokesman, Casey Bowman.

Last week, Herrera Beutler voted for a bill that would have extended the tax cut for a year, but that measure failed in the Senate.

“I support continuing the payroll tax cut, extending unemployment insurance and making sure Medicare patients have access to the medical care they need,” she said in a statement. “I had hoped the Senate would have agreed that a year extension is better than two months. But I know that families in Southwest Washington are struggling to make ends meet, and I wanted to eliminate any of their fear that this relief wouldn’t be in place January 1.”