Sperling: House won’t ‘disrupt’ Senate compromise
December 18th, 2011
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Sperling: House won’t ‘disrupt’ Senate compromise

Washington (CNN) – The director of the National Economic Council said Sunday there was little chance the House would reject a Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months, but Gene Sperling also expects more political drama over the issue in the next two weeks and added that a longer agreement is possible before the end of the year.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sperling noted the Senate measure to extend the reduced payroll tax rate and unemployment benefits for two months passed Saturday with strong support from both parties,

“What was significant about the vote yesterday (is) it had 89 votes—the compromise to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment for 60 days into next year had 90% support,” he told CNN Political Correspondent Joe Johns. “The only things that get 90% support in the United States Senate these days are mom, apple pie, and chocolate ice cream, so I really think it is very unlikely that the House would disrupt this compromise.”

At the same time, Sperling assessed the chances for the issue to get resolved without further political drama in Congress before the end of the year as “very small.”

In the end, the possibility remained that a deal to extend the payroll tax cut for a full year could happen by January 1, when the current rate is set to go up.

“This is Washington, D.C. - you don’t categorically rule out anything,” Sperling said. The support for the bipartisan compromise in the Senate told him that in the end, Congress will agree to a full one-year extension of the current payroll tax rate, whether that decision comes now or when legislators return from their holiday recess in January, Sperling added.

“What gives you confidence that the payroll tax cut will be extended for a full year…is the fact that there was a bipartisan compromise,” he said.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last night America’s Most Wanted John Walsh took moment on his show gave advice to our congress “Don’t fire our first responders”
    Will congress get that? NO

    December 18, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. diridi

    cut immigration in this high unemployment period...be they computer, or doctors...help this nation...o.k, all bogus...bring Manufacturing...first then talk.

    December 18, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Makes sense to me - Don't disrupt the other politicians --

    But put the scre.ws to the unemployed, under-employed, working-poor, and poor. Yep - sounds like the.speaker got into the Egg_ Nog AGAIN.

    December 18, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    Sorry, Mr. Sperling, but the only bipartisan support I see is to add two months to the time frame for partisan sniping to continue.

    December 18, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Of course, the Senate Republicans supported it. It allows them to not raise taxes on the middle class, and keep controversy alive throughout the election year. If you think they voted for it because they want to see the tax cut you are being terribly naive. Because if they were that enthusiastic about it, why didn't they extend for the entire year?

    December 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The House absolutely, should reject the Senate plan, outright, and insist on their proposed plan for the pipeline, or the tax cut should NOT be extended.

    December 18, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |