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.


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  1. Keith in Austin

    I appreciate the House GOP Representatives STANDING UP in unison for what is the right thing to do! To you Liberal hate mongers on here, let me share some insight to what the ONE YEAR EXTENSION House Bill proposed beyond the XL pipeline; a proposition to protect Doctors reimbursements that currently treat the elderly on Medicare. Otherwise, Obama's CUTS to fund Obamacare may cause physicians to drop senior citizens as patients because they can no-longer afford to treat them. Also, legitimate and modest spending cuts in a select few wasteful Government programs that Obama has already "verbally" agreed to help replace the billions of dollars no longer going into the Social Security Trust Fund. Meanwhile, Harry Reid didn't even allow a vote in the Senate on the House Bill and elected to punt the ball for a mere 60 days. Unfortunately Republican Senators allowed this cowardly action to occur as well. I for one, respect Politicians standing firm on their convictions and principles at the risk of misinformed Public opinion primarily driven by Democrats and the Liberal media! All too often, hate mongering Liberals (many of which appear to be on this blog) are so blinded by their misguided ideology that they can't see the forest for the trees! Once again, it's all about Big Government Spending stupid!!!!

    December 19, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. mojo

    why do we elect these people.............you think they care.......N O

    December 19, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. DC Observer

    Finally some courage. The 2 month Dem proposal is ludicrous and was pass as a political stunt by Obama and reid Good for John for standing his ground. Not one Democrat can tell me why it is igood policy to reduce Social security funding when Social Security is going broke. And this payroll tax only goes to people who already have jobs so it does noting to create jobs. The GOP proposal includes a pipeline that create 200,000 jobs and increases our energy independence - and Obama kills that proposal. I stand witht the GOP on this one. harry reid call your Senate back into session and negotiate like a man.

    December 19, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Matt

    The first smart thing that John Boehner and the house republicans have ever suggested. Congratulations, it only took two years!

    December 19, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Badua

    And these republicans call themselves Christians. Full of hate and selfish.ness Romney, Newt and all of them. God help \these people who use his name for dubious causes. You all will get your rewards from the Bid guy up there.

    December 19, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Jrod

    This man disgusts me

    December 19, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. bcm

    Of course they"ll reject it. That's all they do!

    December 19, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. typical white person

    democrats against the middle class once again. republicans want to extend for 1-2 years and the dems say NO. same old rhetoric...when will we liberals wake up!

    December 19, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. maggie

    Well, Pasta, what did you expect them to do? The House loaded up the year long extension bill with an entire toy chest of wish lists that obviously cannot be considered in so short a time, which is why they did it. They thought they would force this president’s hand on a number of unrelated measures that they knew would never fly. Fact of the matter is that Republicans don’t want that tax cut extension at all and are playing games with people into thinking they are doing something when in fact they are not. We’ve seen this movie before with the debt ceiling debate.

    December 19, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. maggie

    The problem Dahlia123 is that they are really hurting the people who elected them to serve, not Obama, and they could care less so long as there is an applause line or a political point to be scored.

    December 19, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Sergio from Maryland

    We the working class of America must initiated a grassroots movement to force congress to enact laws to protect the Social Security Fund as signed into law in 1935 by President Roosevelt:

    "Social Security Act of 1935–to provide for the general welfare by establishing a system of Federal old-age benefits, and by enabling the several States to make more adequate provision for aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment compensation laws”

    And not to be used as a piggybank by the politicians to paid for pork, wars, early distributions (payroll tax extension), create jobs, and other programs not part of the original mandate.

    December 19, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Antwoine

    And there you have it.... The same party that signed a pledge to keep the previous administrations tax cuts for people making 250,000 + in place for the next 4 years won't pass a 2 month extension on tax cuts to working Americans. There is no way to spin this into anything else but wrong on behalf of the GOP.

    December 19, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is the republicans who refuse to pay for anything. They have been spoiled by the $11 trillion of our national debt accrued under Reagan, Bush, and Bush the inane.

    December 19, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Don

    Boehner is getting exposed a little more each day as the "water-carrier for the wealthy" he really is. The GOP kills everything that will help the middle-class, but try to pass a 1% surtax on annual income over $1,000,000 and they are ready to fight to the death. This XL pipeline crud is just more obstruction. Our nation is now exporting oil and gasoline – our consumption had been falling since 2008 – we do NOT need more oil. By election day 2012, I bet enough Americans will have seen all they want to see from this GOP house majority – kick them out and give the President a congress who can work with him to help us lead the way.

    December 19, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. RobK

    Seriously. How can the White House and Democrats, with a straight face, call the return of the usual Social Security rate, after a temporary one year reduction, a tax increase? I would call the Republicans on it too, if they tried such a two-faced attempt to fool taxpayers.

    December 19, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Publius Novus

    @ Jeff. "Just imagine when that 'Credit Card' balance comes due (Other countries call in all those debts)." I see you are not a student of high finance. I wasn't aware that Treasury notes could be "called in." Or my credit card balances. Why don't you see if you can "call" your T-bills, genius?

    December 19, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Big Carl

    Just get the XL oil pipe line out of it and all will be fine....

    December 19, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Get it

    It appears we do not have a strong republican leader, he is allowing a few to dictate to the many.

    December 19, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Brian

    Regardless of whether you think the payroll tax extension should be passed or not, the red flag raised in this debate is the Pipeline. Why does it need to be attached? Why can't it just be it's own bill and voted on in one, singular vote? I mean, if it's so good for the American people, and if it's going to create so many jobs, wouldn't you want to tout this on it's own merits, rather than riding the coat-tails of a tax break extension?

    Besides, in order to pay for a "job creating bill", Republicans want to pay for it by killing jobs. Where's the logic in that?

    December 19, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. ViperStick

    I share the anger and frustration at Congress with all of you. That said, where do we (US) draw the line in borrowing money from China for programs that we simply have no money to pay for? No matter how noble or needed the cause, it is my understanding our great nation is broke and thus, even for something as desired such as a payroll tax reduction, we can't afford it. I submit that our congress strive to get our fiscal house in order and then we can all feel better.

    December 19, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Bob

    Funding a tax decrease with a tax increase (the democrat plan) is nothing more than wealth redistribution. All the republicans want (and I am strongly in favor) is to fund the tax decrease with spending cuts. Why is that so hard for democrats to understand?

    I guess telling the truth is less a headline than telling only half of it...

    As to which party is the party of "no", well to a conservative, the democrats are the party of "no".

    December 19, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Positive

    VOTE OUT EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN in 2012 so we can get this country's middle class back on track!

    December 19, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Melanie

    This is just another example of why we need to clean house this next election. Vote them all out and start over. We elected them in and they are to represent us. They've somehow gotten that all backwards. It totally disgusts me and I'm sick of hearing their bickering. I appreciate those who are holding their ground against them. It takes guts.

    December 19, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. maggie

    IMRight, you really need to get beyond one article and one bullet point. Why do you suppose we are stuck with a two month extension rather than a one year extension? Might a previous bill cluttered with all kinds of irrelevant toy box wishes from this Congress be the problem?

    December 19, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Antwoine

    RobK.. the same way the GOP said with a staight face that returning tax rates for people making 250,000 dollars or more a tax hike.... by lying to the american people.

    December 19, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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