Obama issues veto threat over payroll tax cut
December 13th, 2011
01:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama issues veto threat over payroll tax cut

(CNN) - President Barack Obama would veto a House Republican proposal to extend the payroll tax cut - tied to speeding approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline - if it reached his desk, according to a White House policy statement Tuesday. The measure will come up for a House vote later Tuesday and if it passes, would then require approval by the Democratic-led Senate before going to Obama.


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  1. billk7

    It's about time the President gets tough with the Congress! They've been playing these games for too long now. Vote on the payroll tax cut extension, up or down, with NO add-ons for Keystone!

    December 13, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    This could turn into another political folly blowing up in Obama's face. So he would veto a middle class tax cut because it comes along with a project that not only provides quick American jobs but helps American companies. Of course the real reason you would expect him to veto it is because it cuts funding for Social Security, but that doesn't bother him. Then again, he is the only President to cut funding for Medicare, why would he care about Social Security?

    December 13, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Independent Voters

    President Obama veto Boehner job plan it does not help the middle class we want the rich to be tax higher.Recall Boehner is destroying our country.

    December 13, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Gurgi

    Who is the obstructionist now??? See, I can say it too. It is not being obstructionist, racist, or any other of the derogatory names liberals have been using, to disagree with someone's country damaging policies.

    December 13, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Veto it Mr. President. There should be NO STRINGS ATTACHED for extending the payroll tax cut. If this was for extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, republicans would not budge. Therefore, democrats nor the White House should budge on this.

    December 13, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. MTATL67

    I'm behind the President on this one. The GOP is doing what it just accused the Democrats of doing. If it was wrong then why is right now or maybe they think we are just stupid.

    December 13, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Gurgi

    If it would have been democratic sponsored he would have no problem signing the bill.

    December 13, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You know what, I would be affected by this but let the freaking payroll tx cuts expire. I'm tired of being held hostage by the GOP. They held the economy hostage with their demands a few months back over the debt ceiling, and here they go again. To hell with them! Let them expire, let's see what they're going to use to hold us hostage again. B@stards.

    December 13, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Republican who supports President Obama

    This is a poison pill by the GOP. Why can't this be voted on in 2 components. What does this pipeline have to do with the payroll holiday. This is all theater and the GOP has shown us once again they are not interested in what the voters think but they certainly interested in special interests (oil and the rich). This action is the EXACT reason why the GOP should be swept out of office. Time for a change.

    I am looking forward to the VETO. PLEASE veto this shameful bill and call out Congress for no listening to the american voters.

    December 13, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Sandy

    Good, I'm glad he's calling their bluff.

    December 13, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Go ahead and veto it Obama – I double dog dare you.

    December 13, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Laverne

    @ Four and the Door: Do a little more research on this project. The project would actually benefit China and other countries more than the US. The republicans are now acting as if they are trying to help create jobs when in fact they blocked and turned down what would have been thousands of short term and potentially long term jobs to their own districts. I don't buy for one second they are doing what is best for the country. Hard cuts like to medicare are inevitable when you are dealing with the type of debt this country is in. If the republicans had their way, medicare would not only be cut, but medicare as we know it would not exist anymore and social security would be privatized which would ultimately be a mess. I hope he does VETO it, not because it would hurt the middle class, but because it would send a message to congress STOP playing and get to work. At the end of the day, I think the middle class will know who is at fault here!

    December 13, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. HunterPSU

    The pipeline is not good for the USA it is only a political football in a game of gotcha. B.O. wants to block it because of his fear of the environemental vote. The repubs want to force him into in because they know he is trying to balance his lefty wingnuts vs union job seekers. But the pipeline will only cost USA more money. Cananda is now forced to sell at a large discount vs global oil markets because they do not have access to the Houston Gulf Coast Refineries. That means the midwest refineries get good discounts on the crude they buy from canada. Why would we as a country USA want to stop this discount. It just give more money to Canada. At least 3 billion per year will change hands on this.

    December 13, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. cento

    @Four and The Door

    I disagree, President Obama just wanted a simple payroll taxcut bill with only the means of paying for it. Simple and lean, isn't that what the tea party wanted in the first place? By your logic, we should also tack on the complete legalization of marijuana, that will create jobs too won't it?

    December 13, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. a6102658

    No, this could really blow up in the Republican's face, Obama will hold the ground and since the Republicans are rushing to go in Christmas break, the will drop their demands because they have to attend those Christmas Lobbyist partiesl

    December 13, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. SecedingfromTexas

    There is no reason to add the Keystone project to the payroll tax cut extension. Maybe the Republican/tea party
    tactics will blow up in their faces – its long overdue.
    Before you start yelling about American jobs, try googling the project and learn the truth. It is a far cry from
    20,000, it could cause irreparable environmental damage, which could lead to the loss of more jobs lost than
    gained. You can't undo the damage, so be sure there isn't a better way first. Look before you leap, so to
    speak.

    December 13, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Mikey

    I think we should not be too quick to rule out some sort of compromise, such as:
    – Payroll tax cut down to 3.1%
    – Extension of unemployment benefits
    – Tax increase on the top 1% (or less) to offset much of the cost
    – The Keystone pipeline (perhaps with some fees to fund alternative energy development projects)

    It's a short term versus long-term issue. Short term we still need economic stimulus. Long term we need to balance our budget. Short term we need energy development. Long term we need to get off fossil fuels.

    December 13, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Good let Obama veto the tax holiday AND JOBS FOR AMERICANS. Why should he change now? He's been killing them for 3 years, what's another year until he gets thrown out of office for incomptenence?

    Obama 2012 - Clueless is as clueless does.

    December 13, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. DAK

    "Four and The Door

    This could turn into another political folly blowing up in Obama's face. So he would veto a middle class tax cut because it comes along with a project that not only provides quick American jobs but helps American companies. Of course the real reason you would expect him to veto it is because it cuts funding for Social Security, but that doesn't bother him. Then again, he is the only President to cut funding for Medicare, why would he care about Social Security?"

    Obama did NOT cut funding for Medicare. Perhaps you might want to turn off FOX News and actually read a newspaper or magazine sometime for the truth. Obama should veto any bill that lumps things together that don't have anything to do with each other.

    December 13, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    This could turn into another political folly blowing up in Obama's face. So he would veto a middle class tax cut because it comes along with a project that not only provides quick American jobs but helps American companies.
    -------------
    This project would generate several thousand *temporary* jobs, at best, which means it doesn't pass the smell test for being legitimately called a "job bill.". Rick Perry's estimate of 1.5 million is grossly overblown. Sen. McConnell's estimate of 100,000 jobs is closer to reality but still a work of fantasy fiction.

    BTW. Thanks for pointing out the fact that it helps the oil companies, and NOT the middle class nor the American people.

    December 13, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    "it could cause irreparable environmental damage, which could lead to the loss of more jobs lost than
    gained. You can't undo the damage, so be sure there isn't a better way first. Look before you leap, so to
    speak."
    -------
    You know, they said the same thing about the trans-Alaska pipeline back in the 70's / 80's. Nothing but a bunch of left-wing environmentalist gloom and doom sensationalism.

    December 13, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dear GOPers:

    Could we just once have a bill sent forth without lobbyist "demands" mucking up the water... PLEASE!

    Signed:

    The Middle Class

    December 13, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Milton K. Wiah

    The republicans will do everything to make this administration looks bad because they want the white house to
    continue their usual work, tax cuts for the rich. And if they succeed it is the president who presides bad
    economic policies. Ordinary men and women will not know the difference.

    December 13, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Veto it Mr. President. Let them know that playtime is O-V-E-R.

    December 13, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. george of the jungle

    veto veto veto Mr President. These repo clowns are not interested in helping the middle class. Do they think we are dumb enough to fall for their statements that the pipeline is good and shovel ready. Yeah good for canada and the fat cats. this is the band aid they keep comlpaning about. Veto Keep them in Washington untill thery give the American people what we need to help us out of this terrible economy that they created. Forward not backwards. Obama 2012

    December 13, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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