Democrats offer payroll tax cut compromise
December 5th, 2011
01:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats offer payroll tax cut compromise

Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats on Monday offered a new proposal to extend the payroll tax cut before it expires at the end of the year, and President Barack Obama quickly urged Congress to help middle-class Americans by passing it.

In a statement to reporters at the White House, Obama said failure to act would mean almost 160 million people would pay higher taxes next year, violating a pledge by Republican legislators against raising taxes.

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  1. Me

    STOP COMPROMISING WITH THE REPUBLICANS! They ALWAYS get everything they want. When the Democrats get what they want it comes at a heavy price for them and the People they serve. The Republicans are out to hep corporations and the rich AND to destroy the Democrats. We shouldn't give in to ANY of their demands

    December 5, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. gt

    good ,,,now lets start on the pipe line to texas from canada... we need jobs harry

    December 5, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Logic in LA

    STOP THESE TAX CUTS! We need the money and they amount to very little in the pocket of an individual.
    Put all tax rates back to 1999 levels and get us out of this mess.

    December 5, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Norquist has officially said that allowing these payroll ax cuts to expire is NOT raising axes, but that allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire IS raising taxes. So tell me, CNN, when is he scheduled for the Ridiculist?

    "now lets start on the pipe line to texas from canada... "

    Right after we get our high speed rail projects and infrastructure repair projects.

    December 5, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm with Me on this one,caps and all.
    Stop taking the high road. Stop giving in. Let them hang themselves with their intransigence. Let all Americans see what these people are all about. I'm tired of the arm-twisting, and I'm tired of compromising in order for the millionaires to keep their gravy-train intact.

    December 5, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "STOP THESE TAX CUTS! We need the money and they amount to very little in the pocket of an individual."

    Really? $1,500 more to spend or $1,000 more to pay in taxes is "very little money" to an entire family trying to live on $50,000 per annum? Laughable. $100 per month is you car insurance payments or your phone bill or like 4 days worth of groceries for family of 4. What planet are you people from really?

    December 5, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    I guarantee thy will still be playing the Millionaire's tax card.........which simply will NOT fly.

    December 5, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Hammerer

    Reid has no idea what compromise means. For that matter he probably knows less about payroll taxes.

    December 5, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Why is it that every time the country has slid into recession, a Republican was in the White House?

    And please, do not blame the Great Recession on Democrats taking over the Congress in the 2006 elections. The recession began in December 2007, which is before any policy or spending decisions taken by the Democrats would have had any effect. And please do not forget that the Democrats took over from Republicans who had had control of the Congress since 1994, and both Congress and the White House since 2001.

    A decade of "long term solutions" and tax cuts coming from Republicans is to blame for this economic bog we are in.

    December 5, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |