Pipeline showdown escalates payroll tax cut fight
December 9th, 2011
04:46 PM ET
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Pipeline showdown escalates payroll tax cut fight

Washington (CNN) - Ensuring a pre-holiday collision course with the Senate, House Republicans Friday ignored criticism from President Obama and congressional Democrats and formally unveiled a bill that extends the payroll tax cut and benefits for jobless Americans, but ties those items to a provision that clears a path toward approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

Senate Democrats bristled at the inclusion of the controversial pipeline - that would eventually run from Canada though the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico - and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised it would not pass in the Senate.

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  1. Jules

    The states are worried about the enviornmental issues in conjunction with the pipeline. Seems to me it would be a good idea to make sure the thing is not going to cause another oil disaster for this country before you fund it. Just a point of logic before rushing off to help big oil. If it passes – the president should have his veto pen out and send it back. Or, better yet, the dems should not let it get that far.

    December 9, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Terry,Va

    What a GREAT photo !!!! The building is tilting to the right. Obummie has to let the pipeline attachment to the welfare bill go through or he isn't serious about jobs. He can't be as dumb as he is acting unless his mission is to ruin this country.

    December 9, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    They do as Obama wishes them to
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    Proof. Got any? No? Then keep spinning.
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    Then let's cut to the chase. Are you suggesting that Obama approves of Boeing building a manufacturing facility in right-to-work state South Carolina? Nancy Pelosi told Maria Bartiromo that Boeing should shut that plant down.

    December 9, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Patriot Awesome

    Dominican mama 4 Obama – You go girl!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    December 9, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. The LONE OKIE

    What happens if a bill is not passed?

    December 9, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    Something a big and important as the Keystone XL pipeline requires careful analysis and care in its implementation. It is irresponsible for such a project to be approved in the next month or so irregardless of what bill it is tied to. In addition, the clear fact is that extending the payroll tax is either the right thing to do or it is not / Tying the pay roll tax cut to approval of this completely unrelated project smells of corruption. As much as I would like to continue my daughter’s ballet lessons and need this tax brake to do so, I do not want it that bad.

    The Dems in the Congress and the President need to stand firm in opposition to the corrupt GOP. The President was right to go to Kansas and make his case there in the hart of ignorance and passive acceptance of the GOP brand. The fact is lots of good folks really do not have a clue about what is going on in the GOP, but when their paychecks get smaller, they will ask why and I do not think they will like what the GOP has done. Frankly, I would like to see congress stay in DC and work over the holidays on this until they do it right

    December 9, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Conservatives always rail about big government and the pork projects attached to every bill in Congress. What does this bill have to do with the pipeline? Remember, the Republicans are the Party that wants to do-away with the Environmental Protection Agency.

    December 9, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. PhD

    But according to Norquist pledge, taxes should not be raised.....or is it only on the rich?

    December 9, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Mike in Newmarket NH

    The President is on the wrong side of the Keystone issue. Keystone means jobs and helps toward a goal of energy independence, a goal held by most Americans but apparently not our President.

    He deserves to lose Big Labor's support and they should go to a candidate like Huntsman who has a jobs plan that also supports made in the US manufacturing.

    December 9, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Regis990

    @gt Could you make your posts "coherent", at least?

    December 9, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Always room for imrpovement

    Seems to me that the GOP wants to go back in time. The rest of the world is transitioning to GREEN tech while the GOP wants us to stay in the oil age. Wake up everybody knows we cant just get rid of oil, but how about a little more incentive to go green. Whats wrong with solar panels on every house in America. Whats wrong with taxing the rich, then using the rich companies to do a 21 st century revamp of our infastructure: roads, electrical grid, sewer, water, cable, internet on and on. The oil economy is running dry time to try something different, if you not moving forward your either standing still or moving backwards.

    December 9, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. AlaskaPalin

    This is fair. If your life have improve overall or financially since obama has been president; then vote for him. If you feel that the country's economy is really improving and you are optimistic about its fiscal condition in the future; then vote for obama. If the answer to these questions is no; then it is fair if you hope for a change of president; come 2012. Hope for Change.

    December 9, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Eric

    Seems simple, dems don't want pipeline and repubs don't want tax on $1mill+ incomes. Both agree to extending unemployment benefit. Everyone needs to give a little because the people want/need it. Yes to pipline(it create jobs), yes to tax(it creates method to pay for benefits) everyone wins. Quit the game we're continuing to play where everyone loses for our own political partisan gain...just an independent American, patriots thoughts

    December 9, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. gg

    it should be up to the people and govenor,s of those state not the republicans and thier oil masters. temporary jobs at what cost–the oil would be shipped overseas anyhow

    December 9, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. Namejkane

    Republicans, injoy your last year in office, don't beleave the polls, because your going to lose in a dem landslide in 2012 , and won't be back for a hundered years because of all the damage you have done to the country.

    December 9, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. Hammerer

    It is very simple. The Repubs have offered a compromise to obama and the dems and were threatened with a veto.
    Now who was it that is unwilling to compromise?
    First they need to know the meaning of compromise.

    December 9, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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