White House, Congress working on compromise
December 15th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
2 years ago

White House, Congress working on compromise

Washington (CNN) – A day after a hostile exchange that epitomized Washington gridlock, congressional leaders and the White House said Thursday were discussing ways to resolve their differences over measures to keep the government funded after Friday and extend the payroll tax cut set to expire at the end of the year.

Comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, as well as House Speaker John Boehner and White House press secretary Jay Carney signaled progress toward reaching compromises on the two main pieces of legislation under discussion before Congress goes into recess until next year.

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  1. Marie MD

    Congress should be fired. All of them!!!
    If this was a private company they would be standing in the bread line like some many Americans who have lost everything!!!!!

    December 15, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. RobK

    The payroll tax reduction is a ploy by Democrats to soften up the electorate to accept paying for Social Security through general tax collections. They want to turn Social Security into a welfare program and force redistribution of wealth through the tax code. We see this already with people not only not paying any taxes, but actually getting paid when they don't owe any tax.

    December 15, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "It's pretty clear to all of us that President Obama and Sen. Reid want to threaten a government shutdown so they can get leverage on a jobs bill because the United States Senate can't pass one," Boehner said.

    Sen. McConnell, R-Kentucky, shot back that Democrats wasted weeks of time with political "show votes" intended to bolster Obama's re-election campaign.
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    What jobs bill? What do past votes have to do with what the Majority pary bought to the Senate floor for a vote? See? There they go again distracting your attention from the actual issue.

    December 15, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I'm not optimistic. This is the most incompetant Congress EVER!!! I say to hell with it and let everyones taxes go up. Any negotiations with the GOP is futile.

    December 15, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    First President Obama tried to avoid this. President want to pass a bill few month ago that would fund the government through the 2012 ELECTION but THR REPUBLICAN CONGRESS WOULDN'T THE THE BILL. Now the same old BULLS-- again With House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Midnight Friday deadline to keep the government funded again. If Congress ana the senate don't extend the funding for the GOVERNMENT THEY ALL SHOULD FIRED AND SENT HOME WITH NO PAY.

    December 15, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "Republicans oppose the so-called "millionaires tax," and have blocked previous proposals by Senate Democrats to prevent a payroll tax hike."

    Yep...god forbid someone has to pay a little less than $0.02 more in taxes on their 1,000,001st dollar or income. What a horrifying debacle that would be. No no...clearly, the only way to pay for payroll tax cuts for the middle class is to gut Medicare.

    December 15, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "They want to turn Social Security into a welfare program and force redistribution of wealth through the tax code."

    Hey, genius, the tax code is already being used to force wealth redistribution...UPWARDS. Get a clue.

    December 15, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    The worst election on record was 2010. Prior to giving the House to the Republicans, America was in recovery mode. Thanks to GOPers, we have faced one standoff after another. Why threaten a shutdown, GOPers? You all shut it done in January 2011, and haven't functioned for the good of America since.

    I am getting really, really tired of the lobbyist controlled Republican Congress. Yeah, yeah. I know. Each and every one of them (lobbyists and Congressionals alike) are laughing at me as I type. Got that memo months ago.

    December 15, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Nelson Colorado Springs Co. wrote:

    First President Obama tried to avoid this. President want to pass a bill few month ago that would fund the government through the 2012 ELECTION but THR REPUBLICAN CONGRESS WOULDN'T THE THE BILL.
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    Exactly. We will have another "raise the debt ceiling debacle" before the 2012 elections, too.

    December 15, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    The first sign of progress was Obama folding like the cheap suit he is.

    December 15, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |