Obama calls for vote on payroll tax cut extension
December 20th, 2011
02:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama calls for vote on payroll tax cut extension

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that a two-month extension passed by the Senate is the "only viable way" to prevent a tax increase on January 1, and he called on House Republicans to pass the plan supported by a majority of Senate Republicans.

He called on the House Republican leadership to hold an up-or-down vote on a Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months.


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  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    An up or down vote just makes too much sense Mr. President. They want to get their oil pipeline or else. They're back to their hostage taking ways.

    December 20, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Martha in CF

    Surely Mr. President they would never do what you say. They want you a one term president and they don't care if they help out Americans at all. I hope the people know what is going on here and vote all the Republicans that are up for reelection come November out the door!!!!!!!!!!
    Enough already--

    December 20, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Boehner is leading behind Cantor and the other taliban/bagger republicans.

    December 20, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    If the Tea Party doesn't get what they want, they'll throw a tantrum ! Cool by me, but they're also willing to let PAYROLL TAXES on the WORKING PEOPLE of this country go up if they don't get what they want. Shame on them.

    December 20, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Let the tax cut expire. 2 months extension to do what? Figure out what we want to do? I don't think anyone is confused. The House made that clear. Do it right or let the cuts expire.

    December 20, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Claire

    My boss told me they discounted our bonus due the the payroll tax acrimony. He said the uncertainty made them believe holding onto cash is best which they have been doing for two straight years as bonuses have slipped considerably. Our business flourishes in poor economic times so there is plenty of money.

    December 20, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Don't trust them to come back from their vacation and do the right thing do you Mr. President? Neither do we.
    Up and down vote, nice and clean and no piggy-backing.
    Good luck sir.

    December 20, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Patriot Awesome

    Obama should just start asking for the exact opposite to what he wants. It's the only way he'll get the Republicans to go along with anything.

    December 20, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is a fraud, a liar, and a dictator. He is controlling everything in the government, the media, and the country, to have his way, with the citizens.

    This has to stop, and now is the time to stop it, and call Obama out, for what he really is.......the Chicago Mob.

    December 20, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Stephanie

    Mr. President,
    Please make an appointment with Speaker Boehner and travel to Capitol Hill this afternoon to resolve this. You will blamed for not taking charge of the stalemate. In order for further discussion there must be an up-or-down vote, TODAY!

    December 20, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. LuizC

    A couple of months ago Obama said he won't sign anything less than a year

    December 20, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Deeb

    Did ya hear that Cry-Boehner? The president said VOTE...up or down. Period. End of conversation. No negotiations or attachments needed. Get your people in line dude..vote already!!!

    December 20, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. sielingfan

    Spoiler Alert: Obama and Boehner are on the same side of this debate. Prepare to have your minds blown....

    December 20, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Come on, Obama... can't you do better? After all, you're the 4th best president ever... in YOUR mind.

    December 20, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. cento

    Americans should pray the Republican away, oh wait... that's an oxymoron.

    December 20, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. jerome

    Like that up or down vote the Senate had on Obamacare, or was that the House's reconciliation bs that got it into law?

    December 20, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    The problem is that Republicans have reneged on a compromise worked out between Sen's. Reid and McConnell. The Republican Party is fracturing at the seams. They really need to get their act together. Democrats have no reason to enter into new negotiations with Republicans when they just reneged on the last compromise. I mean. Come on, man.

    December 20, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. super299

    WOW!!!! I will pay a $1,000.00 more so they can try to make Obama look bad nad serve only one term, but they are rich so it doesnt matter to them

    December 20, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Tony from Oakland California

    Grover Norquist is guilty of treason..............

    Tax payers are NOT responsible for funding Oil pipeline projects of Companies who pay NO taxes and make Billions.....
    They can afford to fund their own projects if Fedetral Government approves....

    The Republican notion Coporate tax cuts for those making over $1 million per year caused NO confusion for payroll systems while Tax cuts for middle class American workers making under $1 million per year is a ludicrous lie.........

    December 20, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Bill

    @ Rick McDaniel-

    Were you dropped on your head as a child or what? Still waiting to see if you accurately describe what a dictator is?

    December 20, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. MTATL67

    Why would Boehner ask for the same 1 year extension the President called for and Congressional Republicans reject blindsiding his own party in the process. If Speaker Boehner wanted the same 1 year extension the President asked for why not work with him to get it passed instead of pulling a stupid stunt like this. His leadership as Speaker has been on failure after another.

    December 20, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Eroc

    The GOP has "Sanduskied" the American People for the last time. Can't wait for the election to watch the Dem's win the House back and gain in the Senate. Obama won't have to fight anymore wars here at home with the party of NO! The tide is turning!!!

    December 20, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. mms55

    please go to harry rieds web site and tell him to stand firm agains't these do nothing republicans!i'am so tired of the bs coming out of the house,and boehner has the nerve to say obama needs to lead.he's the one who needs to lead!

    December 20, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Claire

    My boss told me they discounted our bonus due the the payroll tax acrimony. He said the uncertainty made them believe holding onto cash is best which they have been doing for two straight years as bonuses have slipped considerably. Our business flourishes in poor economic times so there is plenty of money.
    --------
    The payroll tax "cut" has absolutely noting to do with employers, dear Claire. The cut applies ONLY to the employee's portion of the tax, not the employers. So either your "boss" is pulling a fast one on you, or you're being less than honest in your post. Which one?

    December 20, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Tony from Oakland California

    The Republican notion that Coporate tax cuts for those making over $1 million per year causes NO payroll systems confusion while tax cuts for middle class American workers making under $1 million per year DOES cause payroll systems confusion is a ludicrous lie..........

    December 20, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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