House and Senate Wrangle Over Payroll Tax Cut

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The House of Representatives passed a bill extending payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits Tuesday night, despite a warning by The White House that the bill would be vetoed for a provision that forces work on the Keystone XL pipeline. Construction of the pipeline, which is opposed by environmentalists, was delayed by the State Department until after the 2012 elections. President Obama, who has advocated both measures in recent weeks, vowed to veto any bill that was attached to other measures. Majority Leader Harry Reid declared the bill "dead on arrival" in the Senate.

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich discusses more about the fight over the payroll tax cut.

 

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Remember the great sermons peddled by the Democrats this year regarding "civility" and "compromise" which were cynical sanctimony that were swiftly discarded when no longer politically useful.

In January they used a tragedy to viciously slander their conservative opposition and then called for civility to cow them into pliable submission.
Just months later progressives ennoble the mass arrest, civil disturbance and disgusting behavior of the Occupy movement.

Last summer the great imperious call was for compromise used to cow their Republican opposition into pliable submission over the debt ceiling crisis which the Democrats could have easily raised when they controlled Congress last year. Just months later Sen. Reid is blocking a bill to require a balance budget and suddenly compromise is a dirty word that is "a pointless partisan exercise" according to Sen. Reid.

Next month Sen. Reid and the Democrat controlled US Senate will not have offered a budget in 1000 days!
Is that dereliction of duty "business as usual on Capitol Hill" which should be considered when voting for a Senator next year?

Dec. 14 2011 09:04 AM

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