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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GOP will put the best interests of 160 million people at risk, for a program that will benefit oil companies and a few thousand temporary employees.

    December 9, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. gt

    no wonder we dont have enough jobs.... how stupid..... obama want is wrong with you....are best freind in canada.. huge amount of jobs... you and harry are job killers for sure,,,

    December 9, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Independent Voters

    These republicans are crazy that why they approval rating 9% please hurry up 2012 election so we can vote them out.
    People dont want a pipeline running in there backyard just raise the taxes on the rich.
    Stop trying to destroy america you republican clowns.

    December 9, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    How about reporting on the other items the GOP/Teatrolls included from their ideological wishlist, CNN? It's not just about the pipeline. There's a whole slew of provisions the House GOPers tacked onto this legislation in order to scuttle it and then pretend it was all about the pipeline....and, true to form, you're just helping them create the perception they want people to have. Fact is, they've included billions of cuts from health care reform, cuts of $13.4B to subsidies designed to help middle-class peolpe obtain health insurance (and yet still no cuts to Big Oil subsidies), billions of cuts to the health care laws preventative care fund, destruction of an EPA program designed to prevent industrial boilers and incinerators from emitting toxic fumes, etc.

    Reality: GOPers have publicly and privately acknowledged their agrement that the payroll taxes need to be extended, that doc fixes need to be enacted and unemployment insurance extended...but they are PRETENDING that doing so is somehow them making a concession or compromise that needs to be met with blood from the other party. And gee, look whose blood they're trying to take (hint: it ain't the 1%).

    December 9, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. diridi

    Shame on Congress. Vote all these idiots out office in next election. GOP is for Rich, Corporate Greed, and Oil thugs...not for you Middle Class America, not for you....wake up, and boot all congress idiots out...good luck, and god bless..

    December 9, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Next up: GOPers refusing to pass any payroll tax cut extension after this gets killed in the Senate, demand falls when the middle-class's taxes go back up and the economy gets worse as a result....and the GOP/Teatrolls/Crossroads release their advertisements that blame it all on Obama and the Dems as though it is their 'failed economic policies" causing the renewed downturn.

    December 9, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Mikey

    @gt – Read the post by Sniffit. If they put together a bill with three things, the payroll tax reductions, extension of unemployment benefits, and the pipeline, perhaps that would be a compromise – but not the nutcase wish list.

    Funny how things look diffeerent when you actually use facts, huh?

    December 9, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Obama appoints the NLRB and has plenty of influence. This is well known and well established. I would think you
    have insulted Obama by saying he has no control. I will admit, he does have a leadership issue..."

    That's indirect influence...I said DIRECT. Learn to read modifiers. Once appointed, they act independently, not at his direction.

    December 9, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Why am I not surprised that Harry Reid would choose unemployment over job creation? Because he is consistent in this regard, that's why.

    December 9, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. MarineVet

    There they go again. The GOP is clearly the legislative wing of the wealthy.

    December 9, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Emperor Norton

    There is the slight matter of the pipeline being a potential environmental disaster which everyone involved seems to be glossing over.

    It doesn't do us much good if we generate a few thousand jobs for people who then have nowhere safe to live.

    December 9, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Sniffit
    ...That's indirect influence...I said DIRECT. Learn to read modifiers. Once appointed, they act independently, not at his direction.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Believe me, I know what you wrote. I'm talking about reality, not technicalities. They do as Obama wishes them to. Have you not been following news coverage of this since it started? That's been the theme all along. Obama vs. Boeing.

    December 9, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. MWM

    A good argument for line item veto. BTW, interesting photo with the Capitol leaning to the right.

    December 9, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's been the theme all along. Obama vs. Boeing
    ------------------------
    No. That has been the SPIN all along.
    Huge difference.

    December 9, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. AlaskaPalin

    Job creation, lower energy cost. The crazies on the left are not speaking for regular american workers. They should probably go and hug a tree.

    December 9, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They do as Obama wishes them to
    ------------------------
    Proof. Got any? No? Then keep spinning.

    December 9, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Have you not been following news coverage of this since it started? That's been the theme all along."

    I have, which is why I'm well aware that the usual dynamic took place: GOP media blitz full of misinfromation and foreful characterizations followed by uncritical regurgitation of said talking point by the MSM...poof...meme/narrative created via standard IOKIYAR procedures in this era after the death of journalism. You can think all you want that it's all a behind the scenes conspiracy...that's fine...all that kind of projection reveals is your implicit acknowledgment that such shenanigans are exactly what the GOP would be engaged in. There's not a scrap of evidence to support your accusation, just conjecture. Moreover, the entire argument is a purposeful distraction from the merits of the NLRB's case because you and the GOP/Teatrolls had no argument there, which is clearly evidenced by the filing of the case exerting enough leverage to cause Boeing to go to the table and come to a compromise. Meritless lawsuits generally don't force settlements.

    December 9, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. poopmeister

    Whether the pipeline will be a good move for the US or not is totally irrelevant, the GOP are involking the same tactics that they criticized the Democrats for doing...adding earmarks. The GOP should leave the payroll tax cuts within a bill with absolutely no added items! Even if they just extend the cuts into the next following year without the added percentage, that the Dems are looking for, we would be far better off. Remember senate republicans, if you don't get this done wouldn't it be considered a tax increase? But noooooooo, because you a fiscal conservative it wouldn't be considered a tax increase right?

    December 9, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Truly shameful that Sniffit's posts provide us with more FACTUAL and CONFIRMABLE information than CNN's actual news stories.
    How about printing the whole truth CNN,not what you think will keep the SPIN, CONTROVERSY, and DIVISION going?

    December 9, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. R

    It truly is sad reading some of these comments sometimes. No one seems interested in having any kind of rational discussion. People post comments and believe it's the complete, total truth. If someone doesn't agree with them, well, then they're just a bad person that doesn't know what they're talking about. Sadly, we see our elected officals act the same way and we think it's ok to do the same.

    December 9, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. poopmeister

    Hello, AlaskaPalin? As far as I know most americans, that are workers, that you speak of benefit from the payroll tax cuts. Who the hell are you talking about. Try not to hurt yourself with thinking, I'll break it down. If the democrats get their way then the average worker will see an extra $1500 a year within their paycheck and it will be paid for through proposed cuts. You do like money right? As far as the job creation from the pipeline. First, it is a drop in the bucket compared to the job creation possible with green technology and second, how the hell is it lower energy cost? Unless we change our fossil fuel dependence or at least pull it back, you will never see fuel costs go down.

    December 9, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Calm down - the Governor asked for a temporary halt so that more studies can be done. It's not mentioned, because that is not controversial.

    Besides – the U.S. is now exporting more oil than it is importing. Go figure.

    Check the facts before you just throw out FAUX talking points and stir up more hate. Hate is killing this country.

    December 9, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Yikes!

    I didn't see any tax increases for the wealthy, that would show REAL compromise.

    December 9, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    poison pills that they know will cause a veto..them blame Obama. Typical

    December 9, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Why am I not surprised that Harry Reid would choose unemployment over job creation? Because he is consistent in this regard, that's why."

    Perhaps we should start fixing the broken down pipeline we have in Alaska before we begin building another one in the lower 48 ... all in the name of "job creation". Or are you simply an oil excutive "plant" wanting to line his pockets even more than what been gotten in profits this past decade and more?

    December 9, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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