Conference committee unlikely in payroll tax dispute
December 21st, 2011
07:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Conference committee unlikely in payroll tax dispute

Washington (CNN) – In the world of the U.S. Congress, appointing a conference committee is one option for the House and Senate to resolve their differences when each chamber has passed its own version of legislation.

House Republicans now are calling on President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders to agree to such a panel to end the impasse over extending the payroll tax cut before it expires at the end of the year.

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  1. Four and The Door

    The House has passed a bill which will extend the tax cut for 1 year. It will extend unemployment benefits, of course not to a ridiculous 99 weeks, but 79 which is also absurd.

    This is more Republican compromise in the interest of getting this tax cut extended than I think they should have offered. But this should shut down any complaints about Republicans not supporting the tax cut. They did their part and it is Obama trying to make a nonexistent political point out of this exercise keeping it from passing.

    December 21, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. broderick

    Look a conference is a joke!! and why should the democrats fall for the same old games!they don't care about the people of this great country so let's vote all those clowns out of office and give the HOUSE back to its rightful owners wake up america wake up america!!!OBAMA 2012!!

    December 21, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. MaryM

    This is too funny The House GOP/TP just handed President Obama re-election in 2012

    December 21, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. mary

    No. hell no mr speaker!!!

    December 21, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. LOST in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012.....these people know NOTHING about how to govern and just saying NO to everything the president and the Democrats suggest is not governing. This is about the 3rd time they have done this and Americans have grown tired of it and the polls show it...it is giving a boost to the president and his current policies.

    December 21, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Jim , Va.

    What is a 2 month extension but kicking the can down the road to be dealt with later?

    December 21, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. gt

    obama.. senate .. and house make me sick... how about lets try a king ,

    December 21, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. fred ca

    Repubs...stop trying to be principled and bi-partsan. Just give obama what he wants. Whatever that is. Just don't make the chosen one look bad by asking him... 'What do you want'? Cause he doesn't know and the teleprompter, the true brains of the obama cult, is not quick one it's feet.

    December 21, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. The LONE OKIE

    Let Congress go home to enjoy the holidays. Then, when they return next year, surely they will hear the people's cries.

    December 21, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. chuck weidemann

    Republicans have a major problem,Eric Cantor!! Let the bill go to the floor for a vote....that's the American way!!! Kiss all hope for Republican victory in the fall goodbye if you keep allowing radical policy makers to leed you over the cliff. Even McCain is telling you this is political suicide....

    December 21, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. paul__1

    Bottom line, if the House GOP wants to negotiate, they should pass the Senate version, save face, and start negotiating over the next two months.

    December 21, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    Finally democrats get some b*lls. The Republicans on this one are on the losing side for now.
    If they do not vote the 2 month extension it becomes clear a House minority ( teaparty) is holding the country to ransom yet again and they clearly do not care about at least 160m Americans whoever they vote for.
    They are proving they are the party of the 1/2% not of, for, and by the people.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    December 21, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. frank

    Well the oil problem is looking good for the republicans and some democrats but the next time we have an accident like new Orleans or the gulf ,they will do like now bring up the price of oil and pay for the clean up with that extra income that is actually coming from our pockets. I am also sorry to inform everyone that if anyone of us walk out on our jobs we will be terminated before i return I just cannot stand the patience of the people with all these senators that want to make decisions for us we do not like or at least ME. Lets vote and have them in the house on probation for a month or so like all of us do.And if they get stupid out they go.

    December 21, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Once again the Republicans work against the best interests of the American people – this time to appease the oil lobbyists and their usual sugar daddies from the wealthy elite. These same Republicans caused our bond rating to reach the status of 2nd-World nations. The only goal of the Tea Party Republicans is failure for our government – and they're doing a good job of attaining that goal!

    December 21, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  15. Keith in Austin

    Of course they're not going to meet! Why would they? Prince Harry and the Senate opted to punt for 60 days and not allow a vote on the H.R. bill so they could avoid doing the People's Work once again to get home for their Christmas pork!

    Meanwhile, the GOP-led House has approved a 1 YEAR extension with legitimate SPENDING CUTS!

    Take Notice American voters. If this IS allowed to delay and fester for a paltry 8 weeks, just watch how Obama and Liberal Congressional Democrats will be unwilling to negotiate reductions in their addict-like SPENDING or consider the Keystone XL Pipeline next February! Same old BS until we allow Conservative Majorities to lead our Country back to prosperity! The 2012 will be the single-most important elections in our lifetime. Take our Country back next November and vote scurrilous Liberals out of office!

    December 22, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  16. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    What a joke the GOBP deathcult is trying to stage political theater in a failed attempt to distract people from the deathcult's obstructionism and hatred for average Americans. More and more Americans are waking up every day to see what slime the Greedy Old Parasites are as this deathcult seeks to impede any and all efforts to improve the lives of most Americans. Instead. the GOBP deathcult serves a hidden gang of elitist and anti-American thugs who care nothing about America and nothing about us.

    December 22, 2011 06:56 am at 6:56 am |