Gibson sides with Dems on tax and unemployment
Dec 21, 2011 12:07 am
Representative Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) was one of only seven Republicans who voted Tue., Dec. 20 to extend unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts. Reps. Charles Bass (R-N.H.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Gibson, Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) were the only members of their party to side with the Democrats. Previously, in the Albany Times-Union's Capitol Confidential, Gibson, who represents Greene, Columbia and nearby counties, said, “Last week, I voted for a comprehensive bill that did that and reformed and extended unemployment insurance.... I was disappointed that the Senate chose a 60-day measure instead. We should immediately vote to go to conference with the Senate to reach an agreement that achieves the year-long goal which everyone desires. As we pursue that, I also plan to support the two-month stopgap to ensure our constituents do not face a tax increase.” The Huffington Post has the full recall vote here.