WASHINGTON, D.C. – With leaders from the House of Representatives poised to accept the bipartisan compromise to extend the payroll tax cut for 5.7 million Ohioans and maintain unemployment insurance for 77,000 Ohioans, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement:

“Now is not the time to raise taxes on Ohio families, workers, and small business owners. Today, the extreme faction of the House of Representatives finally got that message. This should serve as a reminder that the economic security of Ohio households is too important to play political games with.”

“Passing the bipartisan payroll tax cut prevents 5.7 million Ohioans from paying an average of $1,000 more in taxes next year. It also allows them to take home more of their paychecks each month and contribute to the local economy by buying goods and services. And because the compromise prevents unemployment insurance from being cut, it ensures that 77,000 jobless Ohioans can continue to pay their housing costs, keep their electricity and heating on, and buy groceries as they look for new work.”