Direct vote on short-term payroll extension likely to be scrapped
December 19th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Direct vote on short-term payroll extension likely to be scrapped

(CNN) - House GOP sources tell CNN they are now likely to scrap a planned vote to directly defeat a bill to extend the payroll tax for two months, and vote instead to simply instruct House negotiators to back a year long extension.

The expected change, which developed after a two hour meeting of House Republicans, appears to reflect how wary House Republicans are of casting a vote that could be seen as a tax increase.

One House GOP leadership aide conceded to CNN that it is a "cleaner message" to simply vote to affirm the House position on extending the payroll tax cut for a year, instead of opposing a two-month extension.

Another GOP aide said they now believe it makes more sense for them to have an "affirmative vote" instead of a "negative one."

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Democrats on the Rules Committee told her there would not be a vote on the Senate bill.

She said, "My guess is that they are afraid that their members are not going to stick with them."

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Charlie from the North

    I hope the voters are paying attention to the awful job the tea party gop controlled House is doing. They do not deserve the power they are abusing. they are the ones who should be "scrapped"and not the bill.

    I am surprised that they are even 11% popular...... throw em out!

    December 19, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Debbie

    I would really like direct voting on all laws and just skip the waste of time on Representatives who don't represent me. They represent party, big money, lobbies, but not me. Think of all the money the USA could save by getting rid of politicians.

    December 19, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Lee Jensen

    The GOP quick to give tax break to the rich , but not us the working class. There toast come election time!!

    December 19, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that they don't want to keep the payroll tax cut. If they were to do this (approve it), it would be a win for Obama in their eyes.

    December 19, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Steve-Illinois

    The Senate never voted on the House version.

    December 19, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  6. 1crusader

    The GOP/ Tea Party members of the House are always the brick in the churn.Everything is a political maneuver, instead of what works to find a consensus across party lines for the good of most Americans and not just the 1%The GOP senators have been guilty many times with abuse of the filibuster; but this time, the House GOP deserves the blame..

    December 19, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. Tim Utz

    Cowards, so much for the 2010 GOP campaign slogan of open government, never say a word about Obama and the DFL again.

    December 20, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  8. don in albuquerque

    This is just a riot. The GOP doesn"t know come here, from sickum. No tax increase on the rich, but lets increase it on the rest of the country. They argue that it is not an increase, but the old tax cut just expired. Isn't that what happened to the tax break for the rich? It just expired. Time for it and the GOP to expire.

    December 20, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Billionaire's get bailed out; we get sold out. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. OWS!

    December 20, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  10. RobK

    Good. Scrap the payroll reduction. Leave Social Security alone. It is already an extremely progressive taxation system. Funding it with general tax collections will make it even more so. The Democrats want to turn it into a Welfare system with their plans to means test Social Security benefits.

    December 20, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |