REP. CALVERT “END THE BUDGET GAMES, REIN IN SPENDING”

April 22, 2010
Press Release
Yesterday Rep. Calvert (R-CA) voted against the Senate Amendments to H.R. 4851, the Continuing Extension Act of 2010, also known as the "Tax Extenders Bill." The bill extends certain benefits and programs for two months.  The bill passed 289 to 112.

"Once again Democrats are simply putting off hard decisions by not requiring offsets for spending and only extending the provisions through the end of May," said Rep. Calvert. "We cannot continue to indefinitely extend unemployment benefits without paying for them through spending cuts in other areas. It is time that Democrats in Washington stop the budget games and work with Republicans to rein in spending."

"Just as many predicted during the health care vote, we are now providing yet another temporary Doc Fix instead of providing for a permanent adjustment in the rate of reimbursement. I support a permanent and deficit-neutral Doc Fix and will be working to provide that for our nation's seniors."

According to the Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 4851 would increase the deficit by $18.15 billion. Democrats designated the bill as "emergency" legislation in order to circumvent statutory PAYGO requirements.

Highlights of the bill include:

  • The bill provides for an adjustment to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) conversion factor for physician payments through May.  
  • Extends unemployment benefits and provides an additional $25 per week to recipients. Workers can now receive federal and state benefits for 99 weeks.  
  • Extends eligibility for COBRA subsidies that were enacted in the stimulus bill.
  • Extends the expanded poverty guidelines so that individuals will not lose benefits.

Source: The House Republican Conference.