Congressman Denny Rehberg released the following statement regarding the House vote to continue the payroll tax reduction for two months instead of 12..

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Montana's Congressman, *Denny Rehberg*, today praised the continued bipartisan advance of his Keystone XL legislation giving the President 60 days to make a decision on a permit for the job-creating project.  The permit process has already taken three years, and will create 1,200 jobs in Montana alone.  On December 1, 2011, Rehberg introduced the bill, which was added to the House Payroll Tax Extenders package on December 9.  In fact, this provision is one of the only aspects of this package to enjoy strong bipartisan support from both the House and the Senate. "For thousands of Americans who are a huge step closer to a good paying job building the Keystone XL Pipeline, this is great news.  These private sector jobs are shovel ready, and the sooner the President makes the right decision to issue that permit, the sooner we can put Montanans to work.  With unwavering public support, this is on the way to becoming law.  In fact, my jobs language was one of the only parts of this package with strong bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate."

 Rehberg also commented on the two month extension of the Payroll Tax.  He previously voted for and continues to fight for a full year extension.  Unfortunately the Senate refused to return from vacation to find middle ground.

"Instead of keeping another $1,000 of their own money next year, the average Montanan will only be able to keep an additional $167.  The Senate's refusal to come back to work from vacation has literally cost the average Montanan $833.  That's shameful.  This short term extension was wrong for Montana last week and it's wrong for them today.  I'll keep working to get this problem solved the right way."