House GOP: Senate Democrats holding up spending bill over payroll bill
December 13th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
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House GOP: Senate Democrats holding up spending bill over payroll bill

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has told House Speaker John Boehner he would hold up a must-pass spending bill to keep the government funded until both sides negotiate a compromise on the payroll tax cut bill, according to two senior House GOP leadership aides.

Reid, D-Nevada, did not give any details on what kind of compromise he was proposing, the aides said. Reid's office did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Tuesday that Democrats and Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee have already reached a deal on funding the government through 2012. The government runs out of money on Dec. 16.

"They've shook hands and it's done," Boehner said. "And I'm hopeful that the Senate leaders will come to their senses, allow members to sign this report, and to move forward. There's no reason to hold this bill up," Boehner said at a morning news conference.

At almost the same time across the Capitol, Reid confirmed he and Speaker Boehner spoke Monday.

"I said to him as serious as I could we're not going to finish the work of our country this year unless we work together," Reid said. "You can't pass anything in the House unless you get Democratic votes. Because anything you pass with strictly Republican votes fails over here. And over here we can't pass anything unless we get Republican votes. It's a fact of life."

"If there's talk of a shutdown, it's on their head," one of the GOP aides said, referring to Senate Democrats.

Asked about a potential government shutdown, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said, "that's always a risk" and then blamed Republicans for "politicizing" spending bills.

Hoyer, D-Maryland, said it's possible there will need to be a short term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown if the two sides don't reach a deal on all of the remaining issues, which he described as the payroll tax cut, unemployment assistance, the spending bill, and the so-called "doc fix."

"One would think there would have to be a CR (continuing resolution) at that point in time, but I don't want to anticipate that. I'm still hopeful that we'll get this done," Hoyer said.

Hoyer said there was some concern on the part of Democrats that the House Republicans would pass the spending bill and then leave town, but he said Boehner has assured him the House will not adjourn until they pass the payroll tax cut and unemployment assistance.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Republican who supports President Obama

    Finally the Dems have a spine. They should have followed the GOP obstructionist playbook from the start.

    December 13, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "If there's talk of a shutdown, it's on their head," one of the GOP aides said, referring to Senate Democrats."

    Yeah, whatever. Why not add there really is a Santa Claus and Easter Bunny in the mix of Republican talking points, too, GOPers? Actually, not a bad idea - that. Everything else they've been "promoting" is based on rhetorical fiction, might just a well keep the fantasy going that GOPers actually do care about the middle class alive any way they can.

    December 13, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Shutdown? This is petty. Just wait until January when we have go through the whole debt ceiling debacle all over again.

    December 13, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Lost in Texas Forever AND EVER

    and thus let the finger pointing begin. No wonder Congress has a 9% approval rating it just desn't work.

    December 13, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Logic in LA

    Raise taxes- stop trying to cut them! Get us out of the hole. Yes cut spending, but you have a way of getting out of debt the average American does not- you can raise your "prices"
    We will all be better off for it and those that are in need will be able to get it.

    December 13, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Cody

    Reid is stooping down to the GOP's level. Its sad that there always has to be a potential government shutdown on the line for anything to get done.

    This is what we get for electing Republicans in 2010.

    December 13, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Democrats blocking and obstructing just like they've been doing all year.... Honestly Neveda, how could you have returned worthless Harry Reid to the Senate to wreck the country???!!! SHAME ON YOU!!!

    December 13, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. R

    I'm amazed to see so many people blame the Republicans for this, when Mr. Reid is the one saying that he will hold up the bill. Regardless of whichever politcal party you belong to, I'm more upset that these elected officials are acting worse than a 4 year old. They need to go – all of them – and replaced with those that actually care about America and it's middle class.

    December 13, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Debbie

    FINALLY the Dems learn to use the same playbook the GOP has been using since 2009! Nothing is going to happen anyway till Dec2012/Jan2013 once the elections are over. Now if Obama can finally see that bi-partisianship and Congress is non-functioning maybe just maybe the country will function and continue. Otherwise the 3rd Estate continues to build and the sparks of revolution begin to fly.

    December 13, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    R

    I'm amazed to see so many people blame the Republicans for this, when Mr. Reid is the one saying that he will hold up the bill. Regardless of whichever politcal party you belong to, I'm more upset that these elected officials are acting worse than a 4 year old. They need to go – all of them – and replaced with those that actually care about America and it's middle class.
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    Amen.

    December 13, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. jim

    Boehner: "There's no reason to hold this bill up"

    There is no reason to bundle a pipeline with a payroll tax bill either. I'm sick of Boehner

    December 13, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Bruce

    LOL, gotta love you libtards that say that the Dems finanlly have a backbone. You are the same people who knock the GOP for having MORE of a backbone and standing up to this worthless President and all the Democrats who love spending other people's hard earned money.

    December 13, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    R wrote:
    They need to go – all of them – and replaced with those that actually care about America and it's middle class.
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    Well, you certainly cannot be talking about Republicans caring about the middle class.

    December 13, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Speaker John " CryBaby " Boehner !

    Why dose this bill have anything to do with a proposed pipeline ?

    December 13, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Honestly Neveda, how could you have returned worthless Harry Reid to the Senate to wreck the country???!!! "

    Because the alternative was a delusional nitwit who belongs on Haldol in a padded cell.

    December 13, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Why dose this bill have anything to do with a proposed pipeline ?"

    It has NOTHING to do with the pipeline. It also has NOTHING to do with almos all of the rest of the garbage the GOP tried to bundle into it, like destroying regulations intended to prevent industrial boilers and incinerators from emitting toxic gases into our neighborhoods or defunding parts of the ACA or getting rid of 10% of the federal workforce. It has NOTHING to do with those things, but the GOP added PRECISELY to cause this exact problem. It is unpassable and will not get through the Senate because it's loaded with the GOP/Teatroll's ideological wishlist and was a deliberate ploy to create more gridlock and disfunction and hold the middle-class hostage to their demands that their agenda be followed without compromise.

    December 13, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    Reid and the Democrats are the obstructionists in the Congress, and NOT the Republicans.

    The people need to look at the reality.

    December 13, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Lost inTexas FOREVER and EVER

    ok so NOW that the Democrats are doing what the GOP has been doing since Obama has taken office it's "SHAME ON THEM"! LOL some of you righties are UNREAL! ROTFLMAO!!

    December 13, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    Sniffit

    "Honestly Neveda, how could you have returned worthless Harry Reid to the Senate to wreck the country???!!! "

    Because the alternative was a delusional nitwit who belongs on Haldol in a padded cell.
    ---------

    just like the witch from Delaware.

    December 13, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Dean

    Though neither party is perfect, as usual the GOP has factored in the best interest of the citizens. The Democrats...not so much.

    December 13, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. gale

    we the american people are very tired of republicvans games. they are getting very rich of the millionaires and billion aires who are paying them nicely.! get rid of the lobbists time to get real people in congress who really care aout this country! it is time Prisident Obama had a congress that has braims and cares about the freedoms of our people! to the republicans start packing,that includes the worthless tea party too!

    December 13, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Typical John Boehner GOP logic ,

    Menthol cigarets are similar to a breath mint !

    December 13, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |