House Republicans Reject Payroll Tax Deal

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) answers reporters' questions during a brief news conference on the payroll tax vote John Boehner answers questions on the payroll tax vote. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Republicans in the House of Representatives have rejected a deal that would have extended the payroll tax holiday and extended unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. Not passing the bill, which enjoyed overwhelming support from both parties in the Senate and the White House, will cause payroll taxes to go up by about $20 per paycheck for tens of millions of Americans. More than three million people stand to lose their unemployment benefits. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has called on the Senate, which adjourned Saturday, to return to negotiations, though Democrats are refusing to return to negotiations.

Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reports on the latest political shenanigans on Capitol Hill.

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Political games from Dems

This was supposed to be a one year deal, and the Senate cut the House and Boehner off at the knees, passed a two month extension and skipped town.

But this is all that Harry Reid ever pushes for. Short term deals. Short term continuing resolutions, etc, etc. Obama himself said that there needed to be no more short-term continuing resolutions, yet now tosses aside what he argued for a few months ago because it is convenient for him. Erratic.

Boehner did the right thing. The 2 month extension Senate bill is too short (10 months too short), has sweeteners in it, and isn't fully paid for.

Obama has said that the federal gov't needs to learn to pay for things like regular people do, yet now argues against what he argued for just a few months ago. Erratic...again.

Dec. 21 2011 01:51 PM
listener

All the selective histrionics over Congress are getting a bit tiresome.
Let's recap the year.
One year ago the Pelosi led Congress after nearly quadrupling the deficit refused to raise the debt ceiling or pass a budget along with Sen. Reid. They deliberately with political malice and forethought passed to Republicans the new debt the Democrats created in four years.

Any haughty complaints about Congress one year ago?

In 2011 the Republican Congress passed a budget and offer cut, cap and balance and the Ryan Medicare plan which were rejected with the usual derision and defamation.

We have 15 trillion in debt and those in Congress who recognize the urgency of this crisis and trying to change course are heroes. Hopefully they will not give in to the partisan pressure from the media.

Dec. 21 2011 10:18 AM

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