Obama, Boehner square off in payroll tax fight
December 20th, 2011
05:20 PM ET
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Obama, Boehner square off in payroll tax fight

Washington (CNN) - The congressional impasse over extending the payroll tax cut became a showdown Tuesday between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

After the Republican-controlled House passed a measure calling for more negotiations, Boehner made public a letter to Obama that urged him to order the Senate back from its holiday break to take part in further talks.

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  1. Ted van Tol

    No again! What a failing political sytem your President has to deal with!
    Please vote them out! It will be better for the USA and the rest of the world.

    Have a nice Christmas Barack Obama and family!

    A supporter from the Netherlands..

    December 20, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  2. Canuck

    The American right wing is disgusting pure and simple.

    December 20, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. RobK

    Democrats want to fund Social Security with income tax collections and then means test the benefits, turning Social Security into a Welfare system and furthering their plot to forcibly redistribute the nation's wealth. They want to penalize savers, those that work hard, and those that spend carefully, rewarding those who waste their money or don't work.

    December 20, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Boehner knew that it would pass in House. His leadership has been weak from the start and continues to detoriorate.

    December 20, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. Sandy

    Seriously! We need to give President Obama a congress he can work with. These republicans are destroying this country! Get them out of our government!

    December 20, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. American

    It's disgusting how these House Republicans RAISE TAXES on middle-class Americans. Vote them out.

    December 20, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. Lost inTexas FOREVER and EVER

    Sen Brown from Mass a REPUBLICAN blast the House GOP for acting irresponsible, other Senate Republicans have said similar things, YET I'm sure the right will blame the Dems for the whole mess. Sometimes it's hard to see the forest for th trees.

    December 20, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. diridi

    Very disgusting Republican drama nowadays.....fire all...

    December 20, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    the Man from Tan is in serious trouble. He knows he'd lose if the vote was done. Once again the Tealiban shows it doesn't care about anyone other than themselves and their image of "fiscal responsibility" which of course is bunk

    December 20, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Good. Reid loses in his dictatorship bid.

    December 20, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Joan

    This is going to come back and bite the Republicans big time. They already lost a lot of respect and trust over their handling of the debt ceiling bill. Everyone around the world watched that one. Why do they insist on tying normal financial bills to some of their pet projects? On this one they seem whiny, stubborn and obstructionist again. This was a huge test of Boehner's leadership and he caved again.

    December 20, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Hawk in Texas

    The republicans just can't give the middle and working class americans a tax break. those poor needy millionaires need that money .i hope that the majority of voters have woken up at election time and vote every republican out of office. the eight years under bush almost ruined america and now the republicans are determined to finish the job. until we can get a fillister proof democrat majority we will never git things turned around. god bless america.

    December 20, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. A True Centrist

    All right, as one of the only voices of reason on this board, I will ask the big question here...how does a two-month extension of the payroll tax cuts stimuluate the economy and attract companies to start hiring? The administration said this bill is a "job creator" but any reasonable person could tell you it's absolutely absurd to think it could be. The Republicans have the right overall idea on this, the extension needs to be for AT LEAST a year to give companies the confidence to start hiring. Now, that doesn't mean the Republicans the best way to fund it or to make it happen. That's where you need both sides to come together and find some middle ground to extend the cuts well past two months and probably well past a year.

    At this point, it's not even feasible logistically to extend the cuts for two months.

    December 20, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. Jules

    And to add insult to injury, the American taxpayer would have to pay for all those senators to come back to Washington. What a joke the GOP has become. Worried about the spending – guess not!

    December 20, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |