Summary

A bill to extend the payroll tax holiday, unemployment compensation, Medicare physician payment, provide for the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline, and for other purposes. Read More

Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and though it was passed by both chambers on Dec 17, 2011 it was passed in non-identical forms and the differences were never resolved.

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A BILL

To provide incentives for the creation of jobs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title. TITLE I--JOB CREATION INCENTIVES

Subtitle A--North American Energy Access

Sec. 1001. Short title. Sec. 1002. Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline. Subtitle B--EPA Regulatory Relief

Sec. 1101. Short title. Sec. 1102. Legislative stay. Sec. 1103. Compliance dates. Sec. 1104. Energy recovery and conservation. Sec. 1105. Other provisions. Subtitle C--Extension of 100 Percent Expensing

Sec. 1201. Extension of allowance for bonus depreciation for certain business assets. TITLE II--EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EXPIRING PROVISIONS AND RELATED MEASURES

Subtitle A--Extension of Payroll Tax Reduction

Sec. 2001. Extension of temporary employee payroll tax reduction through end of 2012. Subtitle B--Unemployment Compensation

Sec. 2101. Short title. Part 1--Reforms of Unemployment Compensation to Promote Work and Job Creation

Sec. 2121. Consistent job search requirements. Sec. 2122. Participation in reemployment services made a condition of benefit receipt. Sec. 2123. State flexibility to promote the reemployment of unemployed workers. Sec. 2124. Assistance and guidance in implementing self-employment assistance programs. Sec. 2125. Improving program integrity by better recovery of overpayments. Sec. 2126. Data standardization for improved data matching. Sec. 2127. Drug testing of applicants. Part 2--Provisions Relating To Extended Benefits

Sec. 2141. Short title. Sec. 2142....

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The bill would require approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXP). The House is using the urgency to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits and tring to force approval of Keystone XL, and additionally to gut Clean Air Act protections against mercury and other toxic air pollution. A rupture in the Keystone XL pipeline could cause a BP style oil spill in America’s heartland, over the source of fresh drinking water for 2 million people. NASA’s top climate scientist says that fully developing the tar sands in Canada would mean “essentially game over” for the climate.

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Bill Summary

A bill to extend the payroll tax holiday, unemployment compensation, Medicare physician payment, provide for the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline, and for other purposes.

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