House Republicans to offer payroll tax plan
December 8th, 2011
03:18 PM ET
3 years ago

House Republicans to offer payroll tax plan

Washington (CNN) – Setting up a showdown with the White House and Senate Democrats, House Republican leaders Thursday proceeded with plans to vote next week on a proposal to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while easing the path for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Meanwhile, the Senate blocked competing Democratic and Republican proposals to extend the payroll tax cut from proceeding Thursday, with both failing to get the 60 votes necessary.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Anything that the house approves will only pass if there are provisions to: attack women's rights, give even bigger tax breaks to the wealthy and big oil, eliminate government safety regulations, make the middle class and poor pay for it, and will eventually add another $2 trillion to the national debt.

    December 8, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Big Oil masters pull the GOBP strings.

    December 8, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    It includes the pipeline Obama has promised to veto and other ridiculous non-starters like cuts to the ACA that would hamper its implementation and effectivenes. They have also openly stated that they plan to pass it with an entirely partisan vote tally. This is just more games from the GOP. They agree that we should extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment bennies and pass doc fixes, but their going to attach a partisan ideological wish list to the legislation as though they can get away with holding those three things hostage (and the middle-class with them) in order to force their agenda. $10 says they pass it and go out on recess in order to play the game of "take it or leave it" with the Senate. Have fun with the backfire and keep collecting all that rope, morons. I can guarantee you won't be calling Obama's bluff like you think you are.

    December 8, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Stop the Charade

    Yes, GOP, it is patently clear that the continuation of the payroll tax reduction is inextricably interwoven with issue of the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline – that is if you don't care at all about the average American and your sole motivation is to please your corporate masters in the petroleum industry. Can the corruption and soulessness of the GOP be any more evident?

    December 8, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. SecedingfromTexas

    "The fact that the President doesn't like it makes me like it even more". – Rep Jim Jordan
    ******************
    I swear, the hate and disrespect for President Obama coming from the Republican/tea party people boggles the
    mind. They are just mean, and obviously don't care that when they say this stuff they are demeaning the Office
    of the Presidency, therefore they demean America. I don't trust them, respect them, nor admire them.
    There is no good reason for their attacks and there is no good reason for them to be in Washington, taking our
    money for doing nothing.

    December 8, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Watch democrats give in. Story at 11:00 p.m.

    December 8, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Attaching the pipeline approval to a controviersial tax cut is pure politics. One has nothing to do with the other, and they do not belong together.

    The main reason for the pipeline is not what the Republicans would have you believe. They would have you believe that it would reduce our dependence on foreign oil and gas. Well, if that were the case, then why is it going clean across the continent to the Gulf of Mexico?

    The main reason for the pipeline is to allow the new generation of supertankers to bypass the Panama Canal. It's needed because the ships will not pass the canal without enlarging it. Secondly, it cuts thousands of miles off of the trip if tankers crossing the North Atlantic can simply pull into a Texas port, instead of heading south to the canal then north up the coast to Alaska and Canada.

    This pipeline's real purpose is to export my of our resources. It has nothing to do with reducing our dependence of oil and gas imports. Nothing.

    December 8, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Luke Brown

    A payroll tax reduction for average working people means there will be more pressure to tax millionaire (most of whom don't work).

    Say what you will about Republicans ... at least they are consistent in protecting their sugar daddies.

    December 8, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Didn't the President say just yesterday that he would VETO anything that came across his desk with "piggies" attached?

    December 8, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Name king

    Hey the repubs have been using the filibuster ever since Scott brown from Massachusetts was elected back in 2010. We saw an economy growing at 4 percent to a snail crawl ever since. When are these repubs going to stop playing political games with the American people and work for us. Every time they scream out something to give the american people they jump ship as Obama goes aboard. This is getting a little bit crazy.

    December 8, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Whoever thought of linking this to the pipeline is a genius!! Excellent way to highlight Obama's choice of his re-election OVER jobs for Americans and greater access to energy from our neighbors to the north. Let the fool veto it. It'll make a GREAT campaign commercial against Obama.

    December 8, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Paul1st

    House Republicans stopped offering "plans" a long time ago and have only issued extortion demands since.

    December 8, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. kayla

    From the cradle, to the grave, why must we all behave like children. grow up you idiots.

    December 8, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Lando

    I totally agree with the Republiban's proposal to trim the size of federal employees...it should start within the Senate
    and House of Representatives who supports this idea. The pink slips are coming to them anyway on November 2012..
    courtesy of the 99%

    December 8, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Only an idiot republican would celebrate hurting 160 million Americans, just to keep on being the Kochs and big oil's love slave.

    December 8, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. yellerdog

    VOTE OUT the 1% 2012

    December 8, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How on Earth is the approval rating of congress as high as 9%? Are there that many Americans who do not read or watch American media?

    December 8, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    So the Republicans HELP OBAMA reduce unemployment with a HUGE shovel ready projetc that even his union supporters want and this dolt and the braindead Dems in the Senate won't vote for it??? Maybe if we covered it in solar panels from Solyndra he'd go for it? Take care of his campaign contributors, you know, get a little kickback into the re-election fund. Yes, that should seal the deal!

    December 8, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. jean2009

    Another Rethugliklan ploy to enrich the Koch brothers...screw up the environment....ship oil out of our gulf ports...and keep working Americans as slave labor.

    December 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Excellent way to highlight Obama's choice of his re-election OVER jobs for Americans and greater access to energy from our neighbors to the north."

    You mean like GOPers keep blocking legislation for infrastructure projects and to get high speed rail projects underway? You guys are truly ridiculous. This pipeline isn't a "jobs project," it's an "exploit our natural resources and sell our oil to the highest bidder" project that won't have any effect whatsoever on the price of gas.

    December 8, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    [EDIT]

    This pipeline's real purpose is to export *more* of our resources. It has nothing to do with reducing our dependence of oil and gas imports. Nothing.

    This pipeline is all about increasing future profits for oil companies. The new supertankers must sail around the southern tip of South America, which they do not do. They do not even bother to make that trip. But, they would make the trip if the oil and gas were sold at a *much lower price* to make it worth the long trip.

    The pipeline will allow the larger tankers to carry larger loads to Europe, which means more profits for the oil companies.

    December 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS wrote:

    So the Republicans HELP OBAMA reduce unemployment with a HUGE shovel ready projetc
    ----------------
    Sorry, Charlie. The red flag went up.
    The party of "No" suddenly becomes the party of benevolence. "DANGER, Will Robinson."

    December 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. gg

    well saidRUDY NYC the oil companies have thousand,s of wells drilled and capped all across north america waiting for the price is wright to export to china.

    December 8, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |