BREAKING: Obama talks with Boehner, Reid
December 21st, 2011
12:55 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Obama talks with Boehner, Reid

(CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke by phone Wednesday with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the congressional impasse over extending the payroll tax cut, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.


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  1. Dovetail

    vet in tx – Even if it's a fund then this "tax cut" still takes money out of it. You're taking money away from Social Security any way you slice it. I guess you want to see old people out on the streets.

    December 21, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Ed 1

    Just like always try and be like a Dem and you get roasted for it.

    How many bills were passed when the Dem's had control of both houses when they added pork on top of pork just look at the health care bill. that has more pork than a pig.

    Every time Obama and the Dem's don't get their way they go crying it's the Repub's fault not ours.

    All of you are to blame for holding us the tax payers as hostages.

    Reid and Obama are the worst of the worst.

    December 21, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Let it expire.

    December 21, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. MsIntellect

    DOVETAIL – you are completely, utterly, absolutely wrong. Bohner and tea party are counting on people as uninformed as you. Fortunately many more people are paying attention now and realize that it is the fractured, incoherent, illogical positions of the republican party at fault.

    December 21, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Stephanie

    Dovetail: Social Security is solvent until 2050. Our current senior citizens will NOT be affected. The dollars come out of the INDIVIDUAL Social Security benefits you contribute every month. Do you need the money now or at retirement? Personally, now is a good time for me considering the cost of living, etc. By the way, if Medicare and SS are changed to a voucher system, as the GOP would like, we will see the elderly back in poor farms. Does anyone remember the poor farms?

    December 21, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. CBR

    The Congress has not done the job. They have been receiving their pay with relatively little to show that they earned it. They have now gone home to celebrate with their families. I do not begrudge them family time, I am outraged that they could not or would not create legislation to continue the tax break and unemployment money.

    While they are celebrating, millions of America do not have the money to :celebrate" with their families. They do not have the basics never mind the extras that people might wish to have for the holidays.

    If you missed 60 minutes story on Cleveland Ohio, please try to get the transcript. This is occurring in Ohio even though the Speaker of the House John Boehner lives in Ohio. I wonder if he saw the story or if he really cares about these people.

    December 21, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Dovetail wrote:

    You're taking money away from Social Security any way you slice it. I guess you want to see old people out on the streets.
    ---------–
    So, explain why Republicans were so defensive and united with Reagan's plan to "return the people's money to the people" in t he form of a massive tax cut for the wealthy? Once you rationalize that, then you can explain the fairness in the fact that the middle class built the fund, but Reagan gave it to the wealthy.

    December 21, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    The next CNN Breaking News ticker: The GOP implodes and there is no one there to pick up the pieces of a shattered political party.

    December 21, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    It looks like the GOBP deathcult will do whatever it takes to advertise far and wide that it cares nothing about anyone or anything but the interests of a hidden elite that makes up a fraction of the 1%. Everyone else, including more than half of the 1%ers, want the Bush tax cuts for the filthy rich ended, and a millionaire's surtax put in place. The GOBP deathcult, on the other hand, cares only for the greedy, and cares nothing for the needy. They do not care about us and they do not care about American. They are hateful, un-American elitists.

    December 21, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Name craig

    Don't cave in obama stick to your guns

    December 21, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Seriously. This would be a lot easier if none of them had signed sacri-pledges to "some random guy."

    December 21, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Independent Voters

    Yall some sick people if you think Boehner doing a good job.
    Racist people would always lose.
    President Obama majority of american people are fighting with you to stop these no do nothing teaparty republicans.
    Democrat/Independent take back the house and senate 2012.

    December 21, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. MICHIGANVOICE

    Thanks for nothing republ's!And the suffering for middleclass and the poor continues.Enjoy your xmas, u certanily know nothing about the true meaning od CHRISTmas!

    December 21, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Lead Baron

    Boehner can't control his OWN party, so once again Obama has to. Boehner is sooo impotent as "leader", he couldn't lead Charlie Sheen to a strip club in Vegas with a case of Stoli. Vote out the GOP obstructionists in 2012 !

    December 21, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Tony in Maine

    Don't cave in, Mr. President.

    The Tea Party has pushed Republican Party onto the same path the Whigs were on a hundred fifty years ago, don't help Boehner and McConnell save it.

    December 21, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. FIELD1stSGT

    Take a good look at the picture above. Then think back. Have you ever and if not then this is what you would see staring back at you from a pile in a three holler.

    December 21, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. sielingfan

    For those saying "Don't Give In To Republicans" - remember that Obama's objective is and always has been a one-year extension. Boehner and the House passed such a plan once already, and it was stonewalled in the Senate.

    The bi-partisan Senate bill, asking for the two-month extension, is the cave here.

    The president and the house are both asking for a one-year bill (right or wrong, that's what they both want). So my question is, what's going on with the 87 senators who are the odd-man out in all this?

    A, why is anybody giving them more credit than Obama or the House?
    B, why is the whole senate gone home, precluding even the option of further negotiations (much like the Ohio State Congress back during their union protests)?
    C, why - if the senate is asking for two more months "for further negotiations," is Reid refusing to offer up negotiators?
    D, why is this crisis being portrayed in the media as Boehner vs. Obama, when those two seem to be the only leaders in Washington reading from the same page?
    E, given the whole preponderance of evidence that's continuously streaming out of Washington in real-time - why does anybody in the country think yet another extension is giong to make this compromise any easier whatsoever?

    I say, Obama and Boehner have overwhelming numbers over Reid's senate. There's a hard-and-fast deadline and the eyes of the world are watching. THIS IS THE TIME to create a lasting solution. Obama has, in the past, expressed a strong willingness to be a bi-partisan leader. I believe he can do that again. If Obama and Boehner come together to put pressure on the Senate (and I'm giving Boehner the benefit of the doubt, because that's what he claims he wants to do) - if Obama and Boehner come together, we WILL see a solution in ten days or less. Washington will be able to prove, this one time anyway, that they're still capable of representing the people who elected them.

    It's a long shot, but that's what I want to see happen.

    December 21, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    There was a COMPROMISE
    There was a VOTE
    The HOUSE does not COMPLIES
    Now who's the JOKE!!

    Stay STRONG President Obama – At this point in the game, you are the winner!!!

    Obama 2012

    December 21, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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