Congress passed a payroll tax cut extension on Friday which will affect over 100 million workers and help provide jobless benefits for many more.
The House and Senate approved the $143 billion measure within minutes of each other, sending it to President Obama TMs desk.
Local Congressman Sanford Bishop says the vote could not have come too soon.
I think that it's overdue. I'm delighted that we were able to save taxes for 160 million Americans. The average family would save $1,000 in the year and so we're glad for that, says Bishop.
The measure also ensures millions of seniors on Medicare will continue to have access to their doctors.