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.

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

    When they wanted the Bush tax cuts extended for the wealthy, every Republican leader said " Don't be ridiculous, you don't have to pay for tax cuts!" But since it's for the middle class, it has to be held up, tied to everything they want and paid for.

    I don't understand how every single American isn't as sick of this nonsense as I am!

    December 19, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. lemfields

    NO one could even come close to expaining this...its done just to keep us common folks inline

    December 19, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. angela

    Add some perks for the rich and then Boehner might help the peasants out.

    December 19, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Wilson James

    Once again the GOP puts itself above what is right for the country. This country will suffer for many generations the machinations, lies adn outright hypocrasy of this terrible partisan bunch. Throw all the conservatives out, they only represent millionaires and big oil.

    December 19, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. maggie

    RK, we can argue all day about who is going to pay for the payroll tax cut extension and how it will affect SS. That is a legitimate argument to have. You don’t seem even remotely concerned that we’ve gone through 10 years of Bush tax cuts that have never been paid for by anyone that no doubt Republicans will insist on extending when it expires again.

    December 19, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. rw

    If the democrats do not grow any balls I do not want to see them in the white house. Obama does not understand that he is never going to be liked by the republicans. It does not matter what he does so stop trying to find middle ground with them. Do what is right. If you dont have the balls Get out of the way!!

    December 19, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Jeffery Lebowski

    Good for the house. This two month extension is a joke. These clowns need to just get their act together and give the full one-year extension. Let them have the oil pipeline, and include the doc fix so that people on Medicare can continue to see the doctor, but most importantly get the one year extension done. These guys are incompetent that its taken so long.

    December 19, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Matt Johnston

    How can people not be upset with the Senate only passing it for 2 months? Plus they are going to take a month off. So really they will only have 1 month and they will be right back in the same spot? Make ZERO sense. At least the GOP is trying to get it extended for a year. That makes way more sense then kicking it down the road for another month.

    December 19, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. maggie

    Don, you’re giving Boehner much too much credit. He’s being held hostage by a few Tea Party freshmen who won’t mean anything in 2012 and neither will he.

    December 19, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. humtake

    Comments on CNN always reinforce why America is having such a hard time getting out of the rut it is in. Those of you blaming one party for all of our problems are either ignorant and should never be allowed to join in on political discussions or you are someone who just turned 18 and decided to start following politics.

    December 19, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. patsj

    RobK: how can the Republicans call returning to the Clinton tax rates a tax increase, when those Bush tax cuts were supposed to expire already?

    December 19, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. coder

    lets call politicians what they are – liars
    they never do what they claim they will
    all i have ever seen is the consistent down slide of the american nation
    and considering how this government committed genocide to exist – i think they all deserve the hole they've dug

    December 19, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. the_dude

    I am a lifelong democrat and I say we should only vote in democrats.

    December 19, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Stephen in VA

    RobK: If something goes up, it's typically called an increase. The amount we pay goes up, it's an increase. It's really pretty simple math.

    December 19, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. demogoat

    The only explanation is that all of congress wants to be voted out, why else would they continue to do nothing.

    December 19, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. ithink122

    I love how all the Republicans and Tea Partiers on here are indignant that the Senate only passed a two month extension. What they seem to forget all too quickly is that the Democrats have put several 1 year long extension bills out there, but the Republicans always refused to even negoitate. 89 senators voted for this. The majority of the Republican senators voted for this. How exactly could you justify the majority of Republican house members not doing the same? They have the same ideology. The only reason they wouldn't vote in roughly equal numbers for the exact same idea is to be obstructionsist. The middle and the left see this. Why can't the right?

    December 19, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Nuet

    Well, now boehner says he wants a years extension on the payroll tax. And he wants the pipeline passed too. He says it will give us 20,000 new jobs. 6000 is more like it. That idiot don't have a clueof what's needed. Come on voting day! We can get rid of a lot of idiots and get some people in congress that knows what there doing. Let's go people, get our country back!!!

    December 19, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    The House should reject it. Obama is playing games again.
    Let's get the facts straight. Senate Republicans accepted it, and voted for it. House Republicans predict rejection and will vote against it or modify it. Who is really the playing political games again?

    December 19, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "He’s being held hostage by a few Tea Party freshmen who won’t mean anything in 2012 and neither will he."

    He's not being held hostage by anything other than a voluntarily mindless adherence to ideology and the politics of breaking gov't to prove it's broken. This thing could pass lickity split with Dem votes, but Boehner and the House GOP feel it is absolutely necessary to their 2012 strategery that they only pass things in the House using their majority and with vastly partisan votes. It is a CHOICE. So they will go back, work up an entirely partisan piece of crap that will pass with 218 or so GOP votes and maybe a couple Dems, then run around callnig it a "bipartisan" bill that the Senate has to eat, despite the Senate having passed a virtually clean payroll tax cut bill with an actual "bipartisan" vote of 89 Senators. So no...the only hostages here are the middle-class...Boehner is merely a slave to a partisan agenda.

    December 19, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    @ Publius Novus "I wasn't aware that Treasury notes could be "called in."
    T-Bills are bonds with maturity dates MOST have terms of 2 years or less. In essence, if they're not renewed, it's the same as being called in.

    December 19, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. FLIndpendent

    @Ray-E - "The mess the country is is is because of Democrat/Liberal Socalist Policies over tha last 75 Plus years. But YOU VOTED FOR IT, NOW LIVE WITH IT ! You want to fix it? Get the Lead out and get to work. No one else is going to do it for you! We've had Bailouts and nothing's changed! Open up your eyes!"


    I sincerely hope you reject your Social Security and Medicare (which you are probably already on) if you think these "socialist" policies have ruined the country. People that think like you are the ones that need to open their eyes! In any given day, there are numeous Americans that need some help and it is comforting to know that our government can provide that. My Christmas wish for people like you is that one day you too will need that assistance so then you open YOUR eyes!! You state that we had bailouts and nothing changed – first of all, TARP was under Bush so let's talk about liberal policies – secondly, you CAN NOT for a fact state that nothing has changed because the situation may have gotten much worse without the bailouts. Unfortunately, it is something that can't be measured but it is a good assumption to believe that it would have. Also, what do you think a President McCain would have done????

    December 19, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. bigw

    Can't you all stop blaming one side or the other. Lets just get along. Republican or Democrat neither side has a glue.

    December 19, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. the46th Pres

    Let the social security tax cut end, it doesnt provide enough for anyone to even consider spending it in a way to "stimulate" the economy, and it does not create or save jobs.

    In addition, remove the ceiling of 106k and let all wages be taxed for social security.

    December 19, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. vote for OWS 2012 and beyond!

    Maybe the Democrats should add a provision to build solar panel farms across the desert regions of the USA.

    At least that would truly bring us closer to energy independence than this stupid oil pipeline, and it wouldn't harm the environment in a significant way. The desert is already barren land, how much more harm can we do to it?

    December 19, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Jared

    People already spend frivolously, why not just take this extra 50-100 bucks a month back. People will re-adjust their spending accordingly. Remember, this is a tax cut for EMPLOYED people. It won't sting that much.

    December 19, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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