Obama calls Boehner, Reid to push two-month payroll tax extension
December 21st, 2011
07:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama calls Boehner, Reid to push two-month payroll tax extension

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday as part of an ongoing - and so far unsuccessful - effort to resolve a partisan standoff over how best to extend the expiring payroll tax cut, according to the White House.

A two-month extension passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support by the Democratic-controlled Senate "is the only option to ensure that middle class families aren't hit with a tax hike in 10 days and gives both sides the time needed to work out a full year solution," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

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  1. diridi

    clear cut notion. GOP is for Rich, Corporate Greed, and Oil. So no passing bills, result, your tax hike. Just vote all the Republican Idiots out of office in next election. Good luck. Obama2012/Hillary6.

    December 21, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    John Boehner willing to walk out on the People. Is anyone out there really surprised by this development? Republicans have been making a habit of walking out of negotiations with Democrats, or reneging on the rare compromise.

    Boehner seems to think that just because Pres. Obama and the Democrats declined his call for starting negotiations over from scratch that he can walk away with a clear consciense. Once again the conservative arrogance and willful ignorance of reality comes through.

    Why would anyone return to the negotiating table with a someone who just reneged on your previoius compromise?
    How much arrogance and disdain for the other party must you have to expect someone to heel and renegotiate with you?

    December 21, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Terry,Va

    The Senate's version of the bill is a joke. 2 month extenstion which all payroll experts have said worn't work. The so called tax cut is paid for by less money going into Social Security and inceases in house loan fees from Freddie and Fanny Mac. Social Security is already paying out more money than it is taking in. Obummie talks out of both sides of his mouth about people and their housing problems. Obummie supports cutting Social Security contributions and increased fees to home loans. What an idiot. On the other hand the House pays for their version of the bill by freezing government salaries including their own. Their bill is for a year which gives certainity to payroll departments and companies. Obummie says pass the Senate version or it is the House's fault if your taxes go up. He is stupid beyond belief. Hang tough John B.

    December 21, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. 1crusader

    I am literally mentally tired of of these people.Everything is about political gamesmanship, and not the good of the public; and it isn't going to change.The only solution is to vote them out of office, and make sure that we know who their potential replacements are, and what they stand for because we don't need more of the same.

    December 21, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Boehner and the Republican leadership had prevented a direct vote on the Senate's two-month extension, signaling they may lack enough GOP support to defeat it in the face of unrelenting pressure from the White House, Democrats and some Senate Republicans.◄

    This is what will KILL the Right/far-Right Republican’ts in Congress! They prevented a vote that they knew “might” pass because there were enough votes – OBSTRUCTION!!! For Boehner/CAN’Tor to stand “proudly” at that news conference with their “so-called” “staged crowd” behind them and DEMAND the Senate to return in order to “get something done” that they “obstructed” is ludicrous, very hypocritical, and they will be penalized and SUFFER as a result.

    This is why President Obama “appears” to be and in reality – IS – the ONLY adult in the room; it’s obvious in his demeanor and he is really “above” all of the unnecessary static!!

    Obama 2012

    December 21, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Shame on them! If the tax cuts expire, fine. We will all know who to blame on January 1, 2012. Since those scumbags left ton, I guess the President can assign some recess appointments.

    December 21, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Independent Voters

    Are they crazy to leave on holiday break this is outragious that people voted these no good congress in office.
    I am a middle class and I would do my best to volunteer to get republican elected out of the office.
    They should be ashame to have middle class people to suffer even more.

    December 21, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. PA_outofwork

    WAIT; House members are in Washington, Obama and the Senate have left for vacation, that’s the Democratic president and Democratic run Senate have left on vacation.

    December 21, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    3/4 of the Senate Republicans voted for this, but the House rejected it. The difference? The Tea Party. Between the TP's and the voters' disgust with them, I'll be surprised to see Boehner hang on to the Speaker's gavel through 2012.

    December 21, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. WiredweirdinSF

    I find it absolutely amazing that the liberally biased media and of course the inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president they so adore are blaming the TEA Party and the Republicans because they want a full year of tax cuts for the hard working, tax paying American citizens rather than a 2 month one. And then the House Minority Leader who has suffered some serious brain damage from her botox injections, blames the TEA Party, while praising the Flea Party. I guess that is life in this Obamanation.

    December 21, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While the republican talking point is that the payroll tax cut would only generate $166 in two months, that is a big deal to a lot of160 million workers. The $83 a month amounts to $1000 over the course of the year. I hate republicans.

    December 21, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    American people are now beginning to see what government is like when you have an incompetent speaker of the house whose only concern is the wealthy upper 1%.

    December 21, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Enjoy your unearned vacation, you worthless republican congressmen. Our own Florida rep., Connie Mack, will be back in at his home in California. He cares little about the huge unemployment in Lee County, the housing crisis, our seniors, our veterans, and those living in poverty in his Florida district.

    December 21, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. da

    The Republican should be run out of town!!!
    Two and the Door for all of them!!!

    December 21, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Stop calling it a tax "hike". That is totally untrue.

    It simply removes a tax break, which should never have been made, in the first place, because it defunds SS and Medicare, and that NEVER made any sense at all, and with 16.7 trillion in debt.........it REALLY made no sense at all.

    December 21, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Nanaone

    The GOP dicided long ago that it would give NOTHING to Obama even if it kills America. Bring down Obama no matter what the cost. GOP in case you don't know it we do know what your plan is. The American Citizen is sick of it. I don't care about either party but I do care about our people who are suffering greatly. Get a clue.

    December 21, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Keith in Austin

    Let it be known that THE HOUSE BILL approved the FICA Tax reduction for a FULL YEAR and included SPENDING CUTS! Reid's refusal to even take a vote on it in the Senate is despicable! Don't allow Liberals and the biased Media to vilify and disguise the fact that Conservatives in The House have the courage to step up and do what is right for America!

    December 21, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |