House Passes Payroll Tax Bill That Will Never Become Law

Don’t call it a “do nothing” Congress!  The House has worked diligently together to pass HR 3630, a payroll tax cut extension bill weeks before deadline.  Of course, the Senate has already stated there is no way they will ever pass it.  And the president has already issued a preemptive veto on the bill.  But hey, the House’s work is done, right?

The bill, which passed 234-193, had only 10 Democratic votes in support of it, and had 14 Republicans vote against it.  Yet that didn’t stop House Majority Leader Eric Cantor from calling it “strongly bipartisan.” “We got a strong bipartisan vote in there. My question for the president is, ‘Why are we waiting?’ Demonstrating here there’s bipartisan support for this bill, he ought to go ahead and join us. It’s time for him to compromise.”

Democratic Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen called out Republicans in the House for posturing, pretending that they were working on a solution while then presenting a bill they knew would never pass, just to play politics.  “They’re using this as the mechanism to draw a presidential veto on a bill they never wanted anyway. It’s designed to fail, so to speak.”

And what were those “poison pills” packed into the House bill? “[A] measure forcing the Obama administration to expedite its decision about whether to green light construction the Keystone XL pipeline; out-year spending caps that could further reduce funding to key federal programs; and other restrictions including one that would allow states to drug test unemployment applicants.”  Republicans also sought an increase in the highest level of seniors who would have to pay more of their own Medicare coverage, raising the percentage of seniors who pay additional out of pocket expenses from 5 percent to 25 percent, which would cost many seniors an additional hundreds of dollars a month.

The President, meanwhile, has made it clear that the bill is a no go, and even if it should somehow pass the senate, it will be vetoed.  “With only days left before taxes go up for 160 million hardworking Americans, H.R. 3630 plays politics at the expense of middle-class families. H.R. 3630 breaks the bipartisan agreement on spending cuts that was reached just a few months ago and would inevitably lead to pressure to cut investments in areas like education and clean energy. Furthermore, H.R. 3630 seeks to put the burden of paying for the bill on working families, while giving a free pass to the wealthiest and to big corporations by protecting their loopholes and subsidies.”

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Vivianne Mosca-Clark

I am sooooo done with rebugs.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

I'm amazed that the Republicans can be so bold as to think anyone would go for this crap bill, I'm even MORE amazed that there are people who either can't see what is right before their eyes or are too proud to admit they backed the wrong people and CONTINUE to support these self-absorbed criminals called Republicans.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

The only bills that Congress passed are the ones that take the rights away from the American people and anyone who enters it. Congress is just a wasteland of inaction and narrow-mindedness. Quit blaming Obama for what Congress has done or NOT done.

mary l.
mary l.4 years ago

ELIZABETH K........Oh your philosophy "Never forget and Never forgive.........What a freakin joke you are. In your case you can't fix stupid. Your comments are totally asinine. I hope to god you haven't reproduced any callous idiots like yourself.

MaryAnn L.
MaryAnn Larson4 years ago

MARY I., YOU are the ignorant, blind, arrogant one. You want to see a "stupid, lying' moron", just watch the Republican Ohio debate this evening. The room will be FULL of them!

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin4 years ago

Vote Democrat
The Republicans' destructive social policies ENSURE there will be UNESCESSARRY SUFFERING AND DEATH.

The Republicans dehumanize their victims like rapists, and use evil social policy to callously murder the non-rich.

The Republicans know this, and actively CHOOSE to cause UNESCESSARRY SUFFERING AND DEATH.

A vote for the Republican party might as well be rape and murder by proxy.

The Democrats on the other hand have made good on some of their promises despite Republican barriers, and continue to advocate for the middle/poor classes against the Republicans' wishes.


mary l.
mary l.4 years ago

VICKY S..............The republicans don't need to make Obama look bad, the stupid lying moron does it to himself.

Mike Chrissie
Mike Chrissie4 years ago

I hope it does not pass, social security is under funded

Shirley A.
Shirley A.4 years ago

EXCELLENT POST David M. Telling it like it ABSOULTLY IS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It doesn't take a political wizard to know that money is not moving from the corporations into our society because they are in deep cahoots with the money mongering, power mongering Right. Promises of shutting down our Nation continues to loom at every corner because the vile Right is determined to keep us poor or shut down until they get their way like the spoiled idiots that they are. Their goal is to come to power again so they can feed and gorge themselves at the trough AGAIN with no restrictions or watch dogs, although they've been making out pretty damn good all this time, while cutting the very people off at the knees that are the actual backbone and monetary engine of this Nation.

Shirley A.
Shirley A.4 years ago

More idiotic, obstuctionist games with OUR LIVES. Join your local OWS group, it's the ONLY place middle class voices are being heard. If you vote for a Republican in 2012 you're cutting off your nose to spite you face, ask Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio. DO YOUR HOMEWORK FOLKS. Listening to biased "talking head" OPINIONS will not cut it if we want to pull this Country back from the dark and ever deepening well we've been thrown into.