December 19th, 2011
10:28 AM ET
3 years ago

Boehner predicts House will reject payroll tax extension

(CNN) - Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Monday morning he expects the House of Representatives to reject the Senate's two-month extension of the payroll tax cut. Boehner also said he expects the House to pass legislation reinforcing the need for a one-year extension, and wants the matter to be taken up by a House-Senate conference committee.


Filed under: Congress • House • John Boehner • Senate • Taxes
soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Jason D

    GOP....the pointless party

    December 19, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. V in Chicago

    Well, of course they will. These morons can't get together to do one thing good for the middle class. I will be so glad when the 2012 elections get here. We can finally hold these idiots accountable for all the "no work" they have done on out behalf for the last year. The problem is, many will suffer before we can boot them from Congress. I guess they are never going to see the light . . .

    December 19, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. GreenLiberIndeRepubliCrat

    Boehner and Cantor are dispicable, disgusting, stupid human beings (as are most ultra-conservative Republicans). It's time for the people in this country to demand that their representatives start working for their constituents and learn how to function in a shared-power governmental model. If they can't adapt, kick them out and replace them with representitives that will.

    December 19, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. V in Chicago

    Hate is a strong word and one I don't use loosley. But, I can honestly say I hate what the republicans have and continue to do to this country. I will be so happy when the likes of Boehner, Cantor and the rest of the obstructionist are booted and sent home! Come on American Voters – let's can these idiots.

    December 19, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Pat

    GOP is The Party of No. Why is this news.

    December 19, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Here it is in a nutshell ...... Several times in his speech he expressed concern about "job creators", but not once did he mention PEOPLE, working-class, or poor.

    December 19, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. olepi

    It's approve the pipeline now, of nothing. That is what Boehner has to stick to, since the Koch's insist.

    December 19, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. V in Chicago

    Dear President Obama,
    As a tax payer, I will gladly give you my $1,000 in tax cuts if you just hold your ground with these idiots and not let them push the pipeline through with this legislation. It would be worth $1,000 to me (and I'm middle class, so that's a lot of money in my house) to see them squirm and NOT get their way. You've tried to work with them, almost to a fault. DO NOT LET THEM HOLD AMERICAN'S HOSTAGE ON THIS ONE.
    Thank you, Mr. President!

    December 19, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Sarah from Kentucky

    I would like the one year extension! Hope they get it!

    and I'm middle class and one year would be better than two months IMO

    December 19, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. RobK

    Good. I hope they don't pass it. Keep Social Security and general tax collection funds separate. Obama is trying to soften up the electorate to turn Social Security into a welfare program – first pay for it with general tax collections and then index it to income.

    December 19, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. gary

    I think many House Republicans would actually pass this extension if it wasn't for the fear from Party leaders. Real sad. Who represents who anymore?

    December 19, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. GI Joe

    "Job creators" is code for his wealthy campaign contributors. They are NOT creating jobs. They have not created jobs in 11 years and will NOT start now.

    It's republican code, it's propaganda - it's brain-washing the uneducated republicans in Hicksville, U.S.A.

    December 19, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. maggie

    House Republicans have a point. Making tax policy two months at a time is no way to make tax policy. But House Republicans are the reason the Senate was opting for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut so it seems to me that he will have some ‘splainin to do with McConnell, who had every reason to think it would pass the House. If they agreed to a clean, year-long extension of the payroll tax cut, the bill could pass in the next 10 minutes. Instead, they've opted to tie it to the Keystone XL Pipeline and a whole range of other unrelated measures on their wish list. And as bad as it is to make tax policy in two-month increments, it's even worse to make controversial energy and environmental decisions using unrelated tax-policy measures - and their deadlines - as cover. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. And Americans aren’t getting fooled by these shenanigans any more.

    December 19, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. dave

    Y'all obviously haven't paid attention to any news except CNN spin..... partial truths, parts missing..... the GOP wants to do it for a YEAR not for a couple of months like the Dems...... They are also trying to get the pipeline through to create jobs. READ MORE TALK LESS!

    December 19, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. mycountry 2

    Bohner's wish list includes my IRA and SS. I think this will get him kicked out at election time. He's been robbing the middle and giving to the rich for years. Why didn't they catch on before now? Maybe we are finally waking up.

    December 19, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. maggie

    RobK, as opposed to the Bush tax cuts which have never been paid for? Welfare for the rich that your grandchildren will pay for.

    December 19, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Jesus occupied!

    Another nail in GOP casket.

    December 19, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Brandon

    Say it ain't so! I mean, seriously, who didn't see this coming? These idiots couldn't agree on which fire extinguisher to use if they were all burning alive.

    December 19, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Franky

    Americans did this to themselves in 2010 when you decided freshman hardline politicians beholden archaic ideology and incapable of compromise is what they wanted for congress.

    December 19, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Crazy Eyes

    So you can give the rich tax breaks but not the middle class? If this was a tax break for the rich, they would have voted yes already. So now that taxes are at their lowest rates of all time, shouldn't we expect this Supply Side, Trickle Down theory to be working already? Or do we need to give people making $1m a year more tax breaks because we haven't reached the point where they trickle it down?

    December 19, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. JSS

    Well sure, let's use the pipeline as a bargaining chip... Brilliant move. Plus, the economy is showing signs of improvement under current White House policies which is a huge red alert to the GOP to quash financial actions that will help push it along. The worse they make the economy in 2012, the better they stand to do in the elections.

    December 19, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. us1776

    Boehner, the day of reckoning is coming for you and all those Norquist-pledge traitors in the Congress.

    We'll endure the pain. And then you'll feel the pain in 2012 !

    .

    December 19, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. RobK

    The Democrats are trying to turn Social Security into a welfare system. They will remove the income caps for paying Social Security and then they will tell people who scrimped and saved and created a little nest egg for themselves that they have too many assets and interest income to qualify for Social Security. Only those who wasted their income, or don't work hardly at all, will get Social Security.

    December 19, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Mickey

    Congress voted no increased taxes for millionaires and the corportaions of this country, but they're all on board to tax the people! This is without a doubt, taxation without representation. All of those corporations and wealthy individuals who can afford to purchase their own politicians through lobbyists and political contributions are reaping the benefits, while the hard working people in this country are being plundered. If they think the Wallstreet movement is bad now, just wait until they decide to vote this extension down. It will just fuel the fire for many Americans who, up until now, have been quiet.

    December 19, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Legalize Industrial Hemp

    I would rather have a tax increase than the XL Pipeline.

    December 19, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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