Senator Thune discussed the payroll tax cut on KELO.
“Nobody’s going to get everything they want,” Thune said. “So I think this represents the best under the circumstance that could achieved, knowing we’ll have to fight this tight again in a couple of months on a longer term extension,” he said.
According to Thune, Senate Republicans also wanted a year-long extension the house was pushing for, but the compromise included in the bill is the Keystone XL pipeline, which he said will immediately affect the economy. Democrats wanted more time to study the pipeline before approving it.
“Getting the pipeline language in the bill is a big victory for Republicans who really wanted this to include something that creates jobs,” Thune said. “And that was the component in this package that does create jobs, shovel ready jobs.”