House leader rejects Senate payroll tax plan
December 18th, 2011
05:35 PM ET
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House leader rejects Senate payroll tax plan

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he opposed the Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months, but Senate Democrats responded it was up to the House to either pass the bipartisan compromise or allow taxes on working Americans to go up next year.

The competing statements portended another political showdown in Congress in the coming days over whether to maintain an average $1,000 payroll tax break that is scheduled to expire at the end of the year


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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    "It's pretty clear and I and our members oppose the Senate bill," Boehner said, adding that a two-month extension was "just kicking the can down the road."

    Why they extend for two months Boehenr and his members add the Keystone XL project to the pay roll tax cut bill

    So he has to blame himself

    December 18, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The lousy speaker opposes a bill that passed 89-10, that would help 160 million Americans. Al Qaida will be proud of the man of orange.

    December 18, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Get Real

    I just love the double standard by the media, that when the Dems opposed Bush it was Ok, but when the Repubs oppose Obama, they are evil to America.

    December 18, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In an earlier post, a right wingnut wrote that Obama had no problem spending tax payer money. I would like to remind foreign news viewers at Fox, that $11 trillion of our national debt comes from those conservative republicans (Reagan, Bush, Bush 2), who had no problem giving tax breaks to the wealthy, big oil, and our unnecessary war.

    December 18, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When will right wingnuts realize that this is about 160 million Americans, not the upper .2% of the wealthy? How can teabaggers oppose what is in the best interest of the majority of working Americans?

    December 18, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    oops, I meant to say viewers of foreign owned media, Fox. Sorry for the confusion.

    December 18, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What makes repubes evil is that they oppose the best interest of Americans in order to make Obama a one term president.

    December 18, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Terry,Va

    It is unbelievable that Obummie wants to cut the contributions going into Social Security when the payouts are already less than the money coming into Social Security. To top off this ignorance, the bill will be paid for by adding extra fees to Fannie and Freddie Mac for home loans. Obummie fully supports this crap. Bankrupty Social Security and killing more home loans. Absolute brillance. Obummie's mission of destroying this country is well on it's way.

    December 18, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Logic in LA

    I'm a Democrat and agree with not doing this for just 2 months. However, I also feel that the tax cut is a HUGE mistake because we need the money! Stop paying politics and be leaders- put our tax rates back to where they were in 2000 and get us back on track!

    December 18, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Keith in Austin

    And well he should! Reid and spineless Democrats chose to punt the ball so they can go home for Christmas! Coupled with the much-needed Keystone Pipeline Project, the GOP-led
    House Bill also includes; reimbursement protection for Doctors serving Medicare Patients and various reductions in unnecessary Government Spending 90 percent that Obama has "verbally" agreed to!

    The House NEEDS to stand firm and DO THE WORK that Americans expect them to do. The Liberal 2-month solution is nothing more than a cowardly act of selfish political expediency and must not be tolerated. Obama's reign has been a political disaster and his delinquent leadership has led to the impasse we find ourselves in today!

    December 18, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Peter E

    Saying the pipeline creates tens of thousands of jobs has been shown to be a gross exageration by independent studies! A) Most of the claimed jobs will be in Canada, not the US B) Several of these jobs have been created in the past already, building the parts for the pipeline, and have already been eliminated C) Because of the diversion of the oil from more northern refineries, there will be a loss of jobs and collapse of local economies there D) Once again, oil companies are under no obligation to sell the oil to us, instead, at the Gulf coast, they will likely be exporting some of the oil to the highest bidders E) the final insult is that the refineries the oil would be going to are owned, in large part by the Saudis already... so even the claim that we are getting more independent from the Saudis is a lie!

    December 18, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    There is still $2.6 trillion in social security, and that should get us past this Bush republican near depression. Even self made millionaires should know that.

    December 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Terry,Va

    I see my liberal buddy weird paddle is opining class warfare again. Just get off that topic. Can't see the forest for the trees. It isn't a tax cut for the working people, it is a reduction to Social Secuity insurance. The fund is already broke and if you are planning on receiving it, assuming you have actually worked, and the Obummie ignorance continues good luck with that. Add to the Social Security fund cutbacks the Fannie Mae and Freedie Mac home loans will have increased fees which will add to the cost of getting a mortagage. You libs just want something today and want others to pay for your lot in life.

    December 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If a bill passes the senate 89-10, I really doubt that it is a liberal bill. Good foreign owned media, Fox, talking point though.

    December 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "It's pretty clear and I and our members oppose the Senate bill," Boehner said, adding that a two-month extension was "just kicking the can down the road."
    Of course, its' kicking the can down the road. The whole point is to keep controversy and confusion alive right through the election. Does anyone out there believe that the Senate Republicans would vote in such numbers and be that out of synch with the House Republicans? Of course, Senate and House Republicans are working together from the same playbook. Don't be naive.

    December 18, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Typical of the worst house "leader (sic)" in history.

    December 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Tony

    Worst Speaker in 150 years...I pray the folks in Ohio throw the bum out!

    December 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Terry,Va

    Weird paddle...I can't believe the ignorance than Pelosi and Reid have fed you. I don't look at today. I look at 5 years from now...10 years from now. There are less than 3 people paying in to Social Security for everyone drawing it. In a few years it will be 2. The contributions going in should not be cut to support those that are paying into it. I don't need the stuff, but others do and are counting on it. But if I don't get back what I have paid into it, don't you think the government has stolen my money? Why should this old boy have to pony up more than anyone else. I've paid more than my fair share when 47% of this country pay no federal taxes. Get out of your parents basement and contribute.

    December 18, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Doug B.

    Why can't we have the right to remove radical jhadists like Boehner and his clan for failure to represent our country as a whole and not as the upper 1%er's as us against those others. There should be an immediate right to recall any politician for continually stalemating our government daily operations. Debate and willingness to compromise is expected, but, flat failure to compromise in order to give a select group of people immunity and superiority above the bulk of the country should be considered a form of treason! It is idealism to give the 1%er's ridiculous tax breaks and BS the people in saying they contribute more cash than other people's triple rate. So what!!! Their profits and income is is 100 fold in some cases above the average citizen!

    December 18, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. diridi

    only way America wins is replace GOP thugs...

    December 18, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. SecedingfromTexas

    @Peter E:
    How right you are, but does anybody listen? No. Include environmental damage, and you have the all of the reasons why this Pipeline should be delayed until proven safe. Again, reasonable arguments from those who care, and
    name-calling and proven lies from those who hate.

    December 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Drew

    I think we could extend the tax break for a year if the money grubbing Republicans can drop the pipeline bill. It's a loser for the American people in the long run and a winner for exxon canada and China and India.

    December 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Jules

    Let all tax cuts that need to be voted on again in 2012 and let's take care of this country and its infrastructure. Europe is going down the tubes, but that doesn't mean we have to be in there sliding down with them. Control spending, bring in some revenue and let's get this country humming again.

    December 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Keith in Austin wrote:

    And well he should! Reid and spineless Democrats chose to punt the ball so they can go home for Christmas!
    Uh, dude. Most of the Senate Republicans voted *for* the measure, too. I should also point out that not one Republican objected strongly enough to try to filibuster the legislation. That means they were all onboard, and the people who voted "No" did so merely to burnish their voting records.

    December 18, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. gutsycall

    Big Oil wins again. Merry Christmas courtesy of the House – and in the sock, a tax increase for middle class Americans from the party that will fight to the death to avoid a nickel more from a billionaire.

    December 18, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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