Washington, D.C. – Citing Crapo’s experience in debt and deficit reduction efforts and his conservative philosophy, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) today named Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to a conference committee made up of House and Senate members who will devise a plan to extend a number of expiring provisions, including temporary payroll tax relief.
“These deliberations will be neither easy nor quick but we need to get these matters under control, get people back on the job and grow our economy,” Crapo said.
Congress extended the tax reduction measures until February 29. Other expiring matters the conference committee will need to address include the Keystone XL Pipeline project, unemployment insurance benefits and health care issues. McConnell selected Crapo, Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) and Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) to represent Republican Senators on the conference committee.