Obama issues veto threat over payroll tax cut
December 13th, 2011
01:58 PM ET
3 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. Donkey Party

    Four and the Door-

    It never ceases to amaze me at how brainwashed you right-wingers are. I've come to accept the fact that you're all delusional, insane, and ignorant, so nothing should really surprise me anymore when it comes to you and your wretched ilk.

    December 13, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    I'm nervous here. Hold tight Mr. President, please don't give in this time.

    December 13, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Gurgi

    @Donkey Party, typical liberal, the only thing you can think of to say is insults and name calling, due to a lack of intelligent arguments on the issues.

    December 13, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Indy

    Republicans holding the middle class hostage agian ! Republicans obviously don't know much about the Keystone project, which helps many other countries much more then it helps the US. Obama needs to veto this childish add on and then expose the truth about the whole picture of this pipeline and who it actually helps and make the Republicans look like the fools they are.Oil going to foreign countries and payroll tax deductions hav no right being tied together.

    December 13, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    These are two different issues and have different merits. They should be on seperate bills.

    December 13, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. A Texan

    Don`t threaten any longer, just do it.--- Democrats cannot deal with Republican obstructionists- and that`s all they have become. - The NO Party--

    December 13, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. W8a2nd

    GOP and their 1% masters are doomed. The middle class has had enough of there lies, deceits, and criminal ripoffs of tax dollars. We need safe roads and bridges, education, police, firemen, and less bank fraud, predatory lending, and poverty wages. Obama do what you must to save America. We are behind you but you must act forcefully, deliberately!

    December 13, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. four99percent

    I’m glad you standing up to the middle class Mr. President. GOP held up the unemployment extension last time and blackmailed you in accepting the George W’s tax break for the rich. Hoorah!... four more years to you Mr. President.

    December 13, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Go ahead and PROVE to your base you were lying when you said it was about the middle class.

    Those of us who are objective, already knew that was a lie.

    December 13, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    Nothing getting done right now but Americans will decide the direction this country will go next November. The GOP is bats if they think the country won't turn on them for their refusal to tax the rich even a little bit. I think the 1% can pay a lot more in taxes but I also think we should all pay more to get us out of this mess. I just don't think we should start with the middle and lower class. Be fair.

    December 13, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. jerry

    Go ahead obama veto it..I dare you. you have made a mess of everything you touched domestically and abroad..we have your number and we are sick of your arrogence...NOOBAMA 2012!

    December 13, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. comeon america

    i wonder who voted this group of congress in anyway? how low can they go? these people dont understand that you are not only hurting americans, but it affects other people in the world. in my opinion each an every one of them should be voted out in the next election.

    December 13, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "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. "

    That's not the only reason. It's also got all kinds of other GOPer/Teatroll goodies in there, like getting rid of 10% of the federal workforce, scrapping regulations designed to prohibit industrial boilers and incinerators from emitting toxic fumes, cutting funding for implementation of the ACA in a portion of the program that is designed to help middle-class families afford health insurance, etc. In fact, the pipeline provision is the weapon of mass distraction that the GOP added to the legislation so they could feed people like yourself the talking point that Obama is issuing a veto threat solely because of the pipeline. You're either so dumb that you're buying it or so partisan that you're lying. Choose.

    December 13, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "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."

    Tell that to coastal businesses and families in the Gulf region. That the disaster hasn't happened in Alaska YET is good luck, but not proof that the risk doesn't exist.

    December 13, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "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.:"

    More talking points manure from our resident Fakes News screechmonkey. The pipeline is estimated to create no more than 10,000 jobs for one year. In the meantime, the pipeline itself is probably not even economically viable given that three partners are already suing to get out of the deal. This is more corporate welfare aka "pork" for the corporate welfare queens in the 1%. Veto and OWS!

    December 13, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Dear GOPers:

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

    Signed:

    The Middle Class"
    --
    Dear Middle Class:

    What will you give us for it?

    Signed:

    The GOP/Teatrolls

    December 13, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    BTW. Thanks for pointing out the fact that it helps the oil companies, and NOT the middle class nor the American people
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    Yes, because we all know the oil companies consist of nothing but thousands of multi-millionaires doing the drilling, rigging, down and dirty work of providing energy for our economy. How many middle class people lost their jobs when Obama shutdown drilling in the Gulf? They sure didn't look like millionaires to me!

    Honestly, what planet do you live on??!!! Dangerously delusional!!

    December 13, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Sniffit

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

    He will...altho it has very little chance of making it past the Senate...VERY little. You should really open up your eyes a bit. Obama vetoing this wouldn't go over the way you and the GOP apparently hope...not in a million years. You and they are having a little trouble with the strategery echo chamber on this one....just like with the "shut it down" and "just let there be a default" nonsense. Yuo get so enamored with your ploys and the feedback all seems so posiive beacuse you're surrounded by drooling GOP base zombies hypnotized by Rovian and Luntzian propaganda that you forget they aren't really the "whole" country, nor are they even representative of the rest of us. People see the irrelevant extra provisions tacked onto this legislation as a game and a veto will be viewed as Obama putting his foot down with respect to such silly behavior. Why? Because it's not just the pipeline...it's other provisions the GOP added that are damaging to the middle-class that most of us recognize are in there and we're not willing to sacrifice those things just to get the payroll tax cuts extended. If the GOP's intention is to walk away and not pass anything else after cleaning the bill of their wish list, I can guarantee you the public is going to blame them, not Obama, for their paychecks shrinking and the economy responding likewise.

    December 13, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "How many middle class people lost their jobs when Obama shutdown drilling in the Gulf? "

    Obama didn't shut down drilling in the Gulf, BP did. When a child misbehaves and gets sent to bed with no dinner, do you blame the parent for the kid being hungry that night? No. He brought it on himself by being a little sh-t. Same here.

    December 13, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    You might want to research how well that pipeline in Alaska has been holding up over the years. Last I read, it's been one big problem after another.

    December 13, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Gurgi

    @a texan, it is not obstructionist to disagree with policies that will cause more damage to the country, neither is it racist to disagree with someone's policies or views.

    December 13, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The hardest part of getting GOP right wingnut baggers to do something that will help the country, is that they are completely controlled by foreign owned media, and Fox is not much into helping the 99.8%.

    December 13, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ever notice how the republicans in congress gave us a down grade with their refusal to raise the debt ceiling, and now the crazy right wingnuts want to blame our president? The baggers filled their own pampers, and now they want to blame the other party for the smell.

    December 13, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    .... Thanks for pointing out the fact that it helps the oil companies, and NOT the middle class nor the American people.
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    The petroleum industry employs 113,000 Americans at an average payrate of over $32 an hour. I think they would disagree with you.

    December 13, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Oh Gurgi, your condescending comments are so typical of all those who pray at the alter of NewsCorp and Uncle Rupert. Its a pity they aren't backed up by either facts or real life experience.

    December 13, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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