Heller had said in a statement that his proposal was “a practical solution that borrows a cost-cutting idea from the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission and can pass Congress and be signed into law. Congress has an opportunity to do the right thing and vote for a bill that will extend the temporary payroll tax cut while preserving job growth and treating taxpayers’ dollars responsibly.”
But other lawmakers said the bill treated federal workers as scapegoats.
“The financial collapse and weak economy were not caused by the men and women who serve the federal government, and they should not be forced to shoulder the entire burden of the cost of recovery,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) after Heller introduced the bill.