December 19th, 2011
10:28 AM ET
6 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.

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  1. Cindy

    I sure wish that Congress would quit worrying about voting with the Dem/Rep lines and vote for something that would help the American people.

    December 19, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Patti

    Once again the Republicans are not looking out for the interest of the people that elected them. They instead care about blocking every bill that the President puts before them. I have never seen so much inmature behavior from grown men and women. The American people need to realize that the people we elected are not doing their job and therefor need to not re-elect them.

    December 19, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. CEH

    Judging from the posts on this forum it looks like the democrat version of comprimise is "give us what we want and don't expect us to give you anything in return".

    December 19, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Here We Go Again

    The party of NO. Even Senate Republicans agreed to the compromise, but the chain dogs under Boehner have to tear it to pieces. Typical. Forget about Americans and their needs over the holidays. Let's mess things up some more. We, the house Republicans, are rrreeeeeeeeeeeeal good at that.

    December 19, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Joe Brown

    Of course the House will reject the two month extension.
    Isn't it INTERESTING that the rich were NEVER in danger of having their taxes raised???
    Yet it's such a cavalier issue that the rest of us might...
    I can't wait for the election! 😉

    December 19, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Mac

    Come election time, they'll still be there. All they have to do is yell abortion and gay marriage and the newer "immigration". Doesn't matter that they have pretty much held the government hostage. There are a LOT of ignorant people that will vote for them, again, and again and... ad nauseum.

    December 19, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Brian

    Interesting that the "No tax" pledge only applies to large political contributors and not the middle class.

    December 19, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Anonymous

    It's time to fire everyone in Washington, the country needs a new direction.

    December 19, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Mac

    Looks pretty tan for a guy from Ohio in the middle of the winter! Doubt he's home long enough to figure out what is constituents need or to look them in the eye.

    December 19, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Dolores Lois

    The GOP want to create jobs - in this case for Canadians and destroy the heartland of America and endanger our national parks. No more America the beautiful 😦 The Republicans seem to have a personal self-interest in the pipeline, otherwise why tack it on to this bill? Has anybody researched it? Take the Keystone Pipeline proposal off the bill. Problem solved.

    December 19, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. HolyChrist

    It seems that people are frustrated that Obama isn't "standing up" to his opponents, while he is trying to play nice and "reach across the aisle" as he has said he'd do from the beginning. Sounds like a Catch 22. At this point, it seems that the other side refuses to compromise and work together, so does that leave Obama the only choice but to do exactly what the GOP is doing by saying "my way or the highway"? Will that approach really work?

    December 19, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Kip

    This is my first visit to this site and I was dismayed with all the anti-Republican rhetoric. From my perspective, it takes two to tango and I am O.K. with singling out congress as a whole and citing this governmental shortcoming, but it seems that the majority of posters on this site want to single out the Republicans as the party at fault. How is this possible when the Democrats control the Senate and the Executive branch and the House of Representatives prior to the last election. Speaking of this election, why did the American people make this change during O'bama's tenure? Why have the American people continued to make changes in democratic strong holds? Is it because it's the Republican's fault? I think not.

    December 19, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. beemack

    We've got the same stupidity up here in Canada. A Prime Minister who panders to corporations, and ignores the middle class. I'd rather eat dirt than vote for a Conservative.

    December 19, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. AZ Wildcat

    Once again the American Taliban proves that they work for the rich.

    December 19, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. gmh6419

    Interesting how the Kock brothers control the GOP

    December 19, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. carly

    throw this bum and all other GOPers out in 2012 and restore sanity to our country.

    December 19, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |

    i am retired but the tax would help our middle class people.this boehner and cantor are they up to be voted back in this next year if they are then less all vote them out.

    December 19, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. JennyTX

    Why didn't the Repubs tie the Keystone pipeline to extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy??

    December 19, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Dreamer96

    Hey Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Grover Norguist, Tea Party members one and all, All Republican Congressional representatives. When do the actions of any political group, qualify them as an internal terrorist group, or at the least a subversive group,..showing by their very actions, that they are a continued threat to the stability of our government?

    How can Grover Norquist, one man with many big money backers in the top 1%, like the Koch brothers, none of them ever elected to office, control all but 6 of the Republicans in Congress..

    By using the Norguist pledge in one hand a a threat to back any other Republican candidates in the primaries if they disobey.. Norquist controls our government..

    Norquist and his pledge is held higher than the Congress member's pledge to serve the people that elected them into Congress..

    December 19, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Jon

    I would be willing to forefit my $1,000 to see everyone in the GOP horsewhipped, starting with Boehner.

    December 19, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. IMRight

    Are any of you liberals actually READING the article?

    The REPUBLICAN House is demanding a long term extension. The DEMOCRATIC Senate wants a quick 2 month extension so it can go on its 4 week vacation and not have to worry about it.

    December 19, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Bruce

    You mean the GOP doesn't want to have this very same conversation every two months between now and the election, where the Democrats pound them for turning their backs on the middle class and they eventually give the Democrats what they want anyway?

    What a surprise...

    What's more surprising to me is why McConnell let this through the Senate.

    December 19, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. excitizen


    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!

    HAY DAVE – You should take your own advice – READ MORE TALK LESS – the pipeline is slated to go through a large natural water source for 100's of thousands of americans and will only create TEMPORARY (and mostly specialized) JOBS IN THOSE AREAS. Obama's infrastructure bill would have created lots of jobs all over the country for longer term. Also, to attach anything to this payroll extension bill is just playing the same old political games the repugs have played all along – that is make it so he has to veto it and then blame him for inaction. This does nothing for the country and nothing to create jobs! Head games constantly played by the Greedy Old Party! Why don't you go read more about it?

    December 19, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    The Senate Republicans and House Republicans would seem to be working from different pages or playbooks. Is there anyone out there who is naive enough to believe that? The two groups have always seemed to function in perfect lock step before, so why would anything be any different now? They're still in lock step, folks. The only real question is what are they up to now and will try to do next. Seems to me both are still sticking to the game plan of sabotage and seeding chaos.

    December 19, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Larry R

    Our government was designed to represent the people and accomodate differing views; not become a tyranny of the minority. The pipeline grab is yet another example of special interest wants being piggy-backed onto vital legislation. Republicans know it would not pass separately.

    The demise of our democracy (we are a plutocracy in reality now) has been the result of many factors. See and the excellent book on this. Simply inserting new players into a broken system will not change the outcomes. Until the factors contributing to our current situation change, little else will change.

    December 19, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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