House Republicans Allegedly Give, Allow Payroll Tax Exension

Was the pressure too much, or did the House GOP decide they would rather spend Christmas with their families than continue practicing partisan obstructionism?  Either way, Congressional Republicans have allegedly given in and voted through the Senate two month payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits extension.

“Senator Reid and I have reached an agreement that will ensure taxes do not increase for working families on January 1 while ensuring that a complex new reporting burden is not unintentionally imposed on small business job creators,” Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement. “The Senate will join the House in immediately appointing conferees, with instructions to reach agreement in the weeks ahead on a full-year payroll tax extension. We will ask the House and Senate to approve this agreement by unanimous consent before Christmas. ”

By eventually agreeing to pass the bipartisan Senate bill that was approved last week, the Republican caucus has inherently opened itself up to once more fighting the same battle in January, and losing much of their leverage when it comes to a second deal.  The passage also has given Democrats the upper hand on being the “pro-tax cut party” heading into election season.

The agreement is expected to be voted on in a session on Friday.  It will be interesting to see if the caucus does in fact vote for the extension as Boehner claims, and which of his members decide not to go along with the decision.


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Vivianne Mosca-Clark

Holding our government in hostage to get what they against the law. Any hostage holding is against the my question is.....How come the repubs get to get away with it all.??
How much money you make should never make a difference. I want to charge every person that is holding out in support of the repubs, get fired for not doing a good job for the public that voted them into office.
There are more of us then there is of the OWS and let's get the rude boys and girls out of our government.

lis Gunn
lis Gunn6 years ago

I just don't understand why the Republican Party is called the GOP. It's not grand, it may be old (as in not keeping up with the times or senile and as for party ? It seems to be fractious and factional, parochial and insular and certainly in decline.

The Republicans seem to be obstructionist, negative and devoid of original political thought. Why?

Chad A.
Chad Anderson6 years ago

Our current party system has outlived its usefulness. The Democrats represent almost the entire political spectrum and cannot do much in power as a result, while the Republicans represent an ever-more narrow sliver that relies on nostalgia for the party, voter ingnorance, voting suppression, low turnouts, and the weakness of Democrats. The real political divides on the real issues in the country are not mostly represented by the parties.

Colleen L.
Colleen L6 years ago

I wasn't surprised to hear that they passed the temporary extention. When it came down to, "Do it now, you'll get to go on Christmas break, if you don't, you won't." Poor babies, they would of had to work through the Holiday break. I certainly wouldn't of felt sorry for them if they had to. My concern was the people it would of affected. As for the republicians who were being the pain in the As*, they all deserve a big block of coal in their stockings. Thanks Robin

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

REpugs suck!

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas6 years ago

Marianne C. said:
Yeah, right. They "allowed" the extension out of the goodness of their hearts

the two things that seperate us from the republiCONS is GOODNESS and HEARTS.
we have both
they have neither.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas6 years ago

phil s. social security taxes are a flat rate, everybody pays the exact same rate weather you make minum wage or ten million a year, only difference is, the guy making minum wage pays taxes on 100% of his yearly income whereas the rich only pay social security taxes on the first $103,000.00. if the rich were taxed on 100% of their yearly income, social security would never go brfoke. the only reason social security is part of the national debt is because of the debt the government owes to social security. what do you think social security is invested in? it's invested in gov't bonds, same with medicare, the republiCON plans to cut social security and medicare is nothing more than a con job. they are in essense telling the american people that because they borrowed money and are in debt that they need to cut the benifits because they DON'T WANT TO PAY THE MONEY BACK THAT THEY BORROWED. it's no different than telling people with us savings bonds that they aren't gonna get the money they were garunteed because of the gov't debt. are we gonna renig on our debt to china? china is the biggest owner of american gov't bonds. be realistic. it's nothing more than a con job by the republiCONS. damn straight it's an entitlement, we have paid for it all of our working lives. make the damn rich pay their fair share, it's a flat rate.

Debbie Brady
Debbie Brady6 years ago

Sure we get a 2 month payrole tax holyday. But the republicans have forced the President to make a decision on the Keystone tar sands pipeline with in 60 days. This decision will have to be made before the study the President ordered is completed.

Why are the republicans forcing this issue. That is easy to figure out when you find out that the number one lobbyist for this pipeline is none other than Grover Norquist, who all the tea party repubs have sworn allegieance too.

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey6 years ago

My only Christmas wish is for every sociopath who thinks giving money hand over fist to the 1% while the rest of us are decimated is a peachy idea to find karma coming home to him (or her) threefold. Let them lose their jobs, their incomes, their second, third, fourth homes, their health, and find out what it's like for themselves.

Marianne C.
Marianne C6 years ago

Yeah, right. They "allowed" the extension out of the goodness of their hearts.

That and the fact that we were going to crucify them if they didn't.

Now that we know how to do it, maybe we can finally get some progress out of those meat sacks.