Republican leaders shifting stance on payroll tax cut
December 1st, 2011
10:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Republican leaders shifting stance on payroll tax cut

Washington (CNN) – A top Republican leader agreed Thursday with President Barack Obama and Democrats that extending the payroll tax cut would help the economy, but the parties remained divided over how to pay for the move.

Later Thursday, the Senate blocked competing Democratic and Republican proposals from moving forward, setting up negotiations on a possible compromise.

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  1. kirk

    That was good that at lest one other party member agreed with president to extend patroll cut now just the get vote in and past the bill

    December 1, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. david

    Jon Kyl your even worse than a flip flopper. you say that extending tax cuts for the middleclass didn't seem to help the economy but yet you will defend the big tax cuts for the rich "JOB CREATORS" think about what you just said the middleclass would spend the money creating DEMAND which creats jobs or giving the tax cuts to the rich who will not creat jobs until DEMAND goes up. do you republicans know which side of the wagon to hook the horse up to in the front to pull or in the back like JOB CREATOR to push the wagon?

    December 1, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. John

    GOP do not support tax cuts for the poor and middle class but only for the 1%. GOP are the party of the 1%......

    December 1, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. ARALE NORIMAKI

    Does anybody here think our U.S. congress/ us senate aka government can live on minimum wage?

    Why Not Have congress/senate Paid By Minimum-Wage?

    Ban ALL forms of fundraising/lobbyist for any purpose. that is what has destroyed our government and no more lifetime benefit package.most politicians have no idea what it means to live like the majority of americans, or the people they represent.  maybe changing how they live might change their priorities and politics?

    December 1, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    When is the last time you heard Republicans talk about "the will of the American People"?

    December 1, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Bigereads

    Well, Mitch McConnell says the only way he'll consider keeping the tax cut for the middle class is if pay raises for federal employees are eliminated and if cuts to the federal workforce if implemented. McConnell does not include himself of the Congress in his formula, since he apparently doesn't consider himself a federal employee, which he is. He went directly after middle class workers who happen to work for the government just like he does, only they actually work, are actually real patriots, and don't make anywhere near what he does. This is a criminal posing as a Congressman. This is a little, soulless man telling us all just what he is, a two-bit piker who has filled his own pockets with the graft he gets from lobbyists, filled his wife's pockets in the same manner, and looks at the rest of us as unworthy of his countenance.

    December 1, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. Larry L

    When did federal employees become the enemy?

    December 1, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Pedro

    It is sad to see that republicans don't care about 99% of the people of this Country and the worse is to see that their are people from those 99% that vote for them.

    December 1, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Bushper

    Unless he retires, McConnell will surely loose his seat come next election.

    December 1, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Bushper

    The failure of leadership on the part of GOP is the reason for the gridlock in congress. The GOP is the reason Americans prefer communism to US Congress. How worse can it get for the GOP?

    December 1, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. diridi

    Extend pay roll tax cuts, no Wars, bring back all troops from Iraq, No more defense spending. Raise tax on 250k or more. cut little corporate tax to get them back on usa soil. Nation needs Manufacturing, Agriculture, Green Energy, and Oil Independence. Strict Immigration in hyper joblessness. OK, Don't play politics with us.

    December 2, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  12. Ohio man

    We need to vote this Tea congress out.. We have really been going down hill since they got in .. If you dont see that you never will .. so sad so sad.. They was not worried about paying for the Bush tax cuts for the rich.. but its a big issue for the tax cuts for the middle/working class...

    December 2, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |