House GOP leaders outline plan for extending payroll tax cut, jobless aid
December 2nd, 2011
03:25 PM ET
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House GOP leaders outline plan for extending payroll tax cut, jobless aid

(CNN) - After competing Republican and Democratic proposals to extend the payroll tax cut failed in the Senate on Thursday night, House Republican leaders assembled their own proposal to extend that tax cut aimed at the middle class and wrap other year-end policy proposals into one bill paid for with a series of spending cuts. But they faced opposition from conservative Republicans.

In addition to a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and other top GOP leaders added an extension of unemployment benefits to a legislative package, but tied that assistance to reforms of the program, according to two senior GOP leadership aides. They also added a two-year "doc fix" to the bill that would head off a scheduled cut in physician pay for those treating Medicare patients. Leaders presented the package to their rank-and-file members Friday morning.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Canuck

    "If we don't extend the payroll tax (cut), we're giving the Democrats an issue. There is no need to give it to them. They're the ones who mismanaged the economy. They are the ones who put us in this situation."

    In other news Republicans claim that black is actually now white.

    December 2, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Why did they not ask for spending cuts to cover the tax cuts for the wealthy in 2001 and 2003? Why did they not ask for spending cuts to cover 2 wars?

    Oh, it was a white republican president. My bad.

    December 2, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs are a neocon deathcult serving the 1%

    Wow. talk about nibbling around the edges instead of addressing the issues! Keystone is good for 10 to 20 thousand jobs max, yet they'll hold hundreds of thousands of unemployed hostage just to serve their Big Oil masters. It's all about "how can we look like we care about average Americans while we rob them blindly behind their backs." This is exactly the corruption OWS is working on.

    December 2, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I am convinced that Republicans are in totally willful denial when they claim that tax cuts are not spending. Yeah, they are when you do not cut spending to make up for the deficit that they create. Many of the proposed tax cuts create just as much of a deficit as increased spending.

    This argument between liberals and conservatives has progressed beyond the stage where they used to argue whether or not the glass was half empty or half full. Republicans now deny that the glass even exists anymore when they present the argument that "tax cuts pay for themselves."

    But, now they have gone completely around the crazy loop by demanding that tax cuts for the middle class are spending and must be paid for with spending cuts elsewhere, while steadfastly maintaining that cuts for "job creators" are not spending and pay for themselves!

    December 2, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Let's break this down to brass tacks:

    What the GOP is essentially saying here is this..."we'll only pass extensions to the payroll tax holiday like we should based on all expert opinion in order to prevent a precipitous drop in demand if you let us do some favors for Big Oil, Big Coal and other polluters and help us tighten the thumb screws on federal employees, especially the ones in the lwoest pay brackets."

    December 2, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Republicans now deny that the glass even exists anymore when they present the argument that "tax cuts pay for themselves.""

    It's even worse than that: many of them actually like to claim that tax cuts are the unicorn farts and glittery pixie dust that create such magically rampant "free market" growth that gov't revenue actually INCREASES. It's complete nonsense.

    December 2, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Bill

    The American are on the GOP charade. They broke the economy and want to pin it on Obama. Wrong.

    December 2, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Obama's Change has left me with NO HOPE

    I am convinced that Republicans are in totally willful denial when they claim that tax cuts are not spending

    You need to educate yourself on what a tax is and what spending is. It is clear you cannot tell one from the other. A tax is money that somebody else earned and that the government confiscated in order to SPEND it, or waste it, on something, like Solyndra. The government does not own every cent we make, even though you wish it so.

    December 2, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Joan

    Poor Mr. Boehner. He is a puppet with the Tea Party Congress pulling the strings. Ever since the 2010 elections, he has been walking on glass. All of this will be rehashed during the general election you can be sure.

    December 2, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "He is a puppet with the Tea Party Congress pulling the strings"

    I rather think he's not a marionette, but rather that the Teatrolls are elbow deep in his behind.

    December 2, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Harry Wreckdom

    Here we go again – The GOPTeaturds want to do anything but talk about JOBS........

    December 2, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |