Losing Hope In Payroll Tax Extension For The Holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays.  Unfortunately, Congress is about to go home for an extended break, and it’s looking more and more likely that they are going to leave the extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits dangling like an unfilled Christmas stocking.

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner is stepping fully into his Grinch mode, now claiming that despite reports to the contrary, he had never made any sort of agreement to pass the senate version of the payroll tax bill, which would extend the reduced tax rate for another two months to give Congress time to negotiate a longer extension.  “That’s not true. What I was outlining was the fact that having the Keystone pipeline in there was a success. But I raised concerns with the two-month process from the start.”  He also said that he warned Republicans in Senate that their bill wasn’t likely to be approved in the House, and that he had told both Senate party leaders that he was not going to negotiate until the Senate had actually approved a bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on the other hand, has rejected Boehner’s threats to vote down the bill, and his desire to conference for a compromise in order to pass a year-old extension, calling the House GOP pass the massively bipartisan Senate version. “My House colleagues should be clear on what their vote means today. If Republicans vote down the bipartisan compromise negotiated by Republican and Democratic leaders, and passed by 89 senators including 39 Republicans, their intransigence will mean that in ten days, 160 million middle class Americans will see a tax increase, over two million Americans will begin losing their unemployment benefits, and millions of senior citizens on Medicare could find it harder to receive treatment from physicians,” Reid warned.

For the House Republicans, reasons for rejecting the 2 month extension are simple.  They do not want an extension at all in the first place, which is why they made their own bill so unbelievably partisan that the President offered his intention to veto it before it ever even passed.  Should they manage to kill it all together now, they hope to weather the political fall out over the holidays and come back weeks later with many Americans no longer as angry, and the issue off the table.  A two month extension means another fight soon, a fight that is one of the key factors in pulling down Republican approval ratings, and this time as the House members are launching their reelection bids.

The House will vote on the bill later tonight, where it is expected it will be defeated.  Boehner will then advocate sending it to committee to negotiate between the two versions, a negotiation Reid has stated will never occur.  Friday, Congress adjourns.

It looks like it may be a less than happy New Year for many.

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32 comments

Monica Buchanan
Monica Buchanan2 years ago

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Nancy L.
Nancy L5 years ago

Thanks for posting.

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Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

The bill should have had a vote on its own. The tea party stuck the pipeline on because they knew it would not pass. The pipeline should be a stand alone bill, it has nothing to do with a middle class tax break. The temporary two month extension was passed by many Dems and R's but the no nothing tea party stopped it. We have to vote out those right wing nuts before they ruin our Country

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Robert H.
Robert Hamm5 years ago

Yes John……they said NO because of all the riders the Rs tried to cram in the bill……including the XL pipeline.

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Stanley Balgobin
Stanley R5 years ago

.....and the show goes on. The house TP are extortionists and should all be arrested for their terrorists actions. When 92% of Congress voted for the 2 month extension after stalling for 3 months for the 1 year, the 60 day compromise rejected by the TP in the house. They should be all charged with placing the fragile lives of working Americans in dire peril.

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Stanley Balgobin
Stanley R5 years ago

.....and the show goes on. The house TP are extortionists and should all be arrested for their terrorists actions. When 92% of Congress voted for the 2 month extension after stalling for 3 months for the 1 year, the 60 day compromise rejected by the TP in the house. They should be all charged with placing the fragile lives of working Americans in dire peril.

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john hall
john hall5 years ago

Elizabeth K. the republicans wanted a full year for the tax cut it was obama and the democrats that said hell no .

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john hall
john hall5 years ago

Just google it 60 miniutes edited it out and also i'am madder than hell that there off on vacation the president and all politicians need to stay and hash this out . But here's the problem Obama doesn't know how to work with republicans and vise versa makes me sick.

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john hall
john hall5 years ago

As I thought some of you blame the GOP for everything when will this do nothing collage educated never had a job or ran or owned a business can't or won't or just don't know how to work with people Obama going to take some blame for the mess we are in oh thats right he considers himself the 4th best president which makes him blameless .

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Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

Just watched John Boehner on T.V. asking for the President to do something. LOL. Sorry Johnny boy if you can't do your job you will pay the price along with those Republicans you can't lead. Your lack of leadership has been nothing but a ball and chain around our economy. Loser.

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