House expected to recess after payroll tax vote
December 20th, 2011
12:12 PM ET
3 years ago

House expected to recess after payroll tax vote

Washington (CNN) - Setting up a stalemate with the Senate, the House will recess later today after a vote that would "disagree" with Senate-passed version of the payroll tax cut extension and demand negotiations to work out differences on the issue, several House Republicans told CNN.

The House would be prepared to come back if and when there is a compromise to vote on, according to GOP members and aides.

House Republicans are expected to appoint members to negotiate with the Senate, but Democratic leadership aides in the Senate are still insisting Tuesday morning they won't budge and will not appoint their own conferees to negotiate with the House until it passes a two-month extension of the tax cut.


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  1. Independent Voters

    Republican Senate telling the do nothing republican congress to pass the tax cut for middle class. Boehner/ Cantor will not be elected again 2012

    December 20, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Fairandbalance
    We come to ask our Rich, people that did good at the Clinton tax years, to make a little of sacrifice, just to give a little for the well being of the Country, they cannot do it.
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    Except that they already pay much more than everyone else. And the disagreement with increasing taxes on them even more is based on the idea that government is already spending too much and adding more taxes we all know will only increase the spending. The Republicans have made great strides in reducing government spending. The 2011 federal budget first proposed by Obama and Harry Reid was reduced by $100 billion. The debt ceiling increase was also tied to a long term federal government cutback in spending because of the Republican House. More can be done. The government has outgrown the country and has put the country in debt by $15 trillion because of that. We are not going to tax our way out. We need to cut spending just like families and businesses have all across the country.

    December 20, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    The House of Representatives is doing an excellent job here. Putting the payroll tax cut in again does not make sense on a 2 month program.
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    Nope, two months doesn't make sense unless you are really against it. Democrats have been pushing for a year since the summer and beyond. The two month extension is the compromise worked out by House Republicans, in exchange for removing some of the caveats the Tea Party Republicans in the House want: i.e., show your HS diploma, or a GED, in order to recieve unemployment benefits. Mine burned up in a fire. What about yours? <--rhetorical

    December 20, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Logic in LA

    We as Americans got Bank of America to roll back fees and have pushed for wars to end. It's time we give Congress a work schedule pay plan that is in line with that of working class Americans, not students.
    Fewer and shorter holiday recesses, realistic pension plans, realistic benefits, and smaller staffs.

    December 20, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    We come to ask our Rich, people that did good at the Clinton tax years, to make a little of sacrifice, just to give a little for the well being of the Country, they cannot do it.
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    They can't, they went broke funding the Democrat's free homes for those that can't afford them. They started to come back but Obama keeps raiding their bank accounts. Now they have all moved to warmer climates in other countries where the government doesn't keep stealing from them.

    December 20, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Democrats have been pushing for a year since the summer and beyond.
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    Democrats ALWAYS push to spend! But NEVER push for it to be paid.

    December 20, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Patriot Awesome

    I'm going to consider my tax hike as a donation to the democrats to win back the house next year.

    December 20, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Truth somebody wrote:

    Democrats ALWAYS push to spend! But NEVER push for it to be paid.
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    Nah. No they don't According you conventional talking points, Democrats are "tax and spenders". It is Republicans who enact unfunded tax cuts while going on spending binges. Try taking a look at the timeline of the national debt ceiling increases for the past 50 years, especially the last 30. Reagan tripled the national debt, by mutliplying the annual deficit ten-fold. Bush-43 doubled the national debt by turning a $300B surplus into a $1.5T deficit.

    December 20, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Jim in San Mateo

    They should either vote and do what they are paid to do, or pack up their office so that someone who is willing to do the work can take their place.

    December 20, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Patriot Awesome
    I'm going to consider my tax hike as a donation to the democrats to win back the house next year.
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    ...and in 15 years when I am collecting Social Security and using Medicare I will consider those programs being around as the result of doing my part to get Republicans back in power in Washington. They care enough to make the tough decisions and do the work to save these programs.

    December 20, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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