SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) released the following statement about the decision of Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to accept the bipartisan compromise on the payroll tax deduction and unemployment insurance:

“This ends a sad and disturbing chapter in Speaker Boehner’s leadership and that of House Republicans.  I was astounded by the almost petulant nature of House Republicans stomping their feet and demanding that the Senate come back into session.  Clearly, even Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was astounded.  I hope House Republicans have learned their lesson about compromise.  Now, 160 million Americans can breathe a sigh of relief.”