Senate Republican frustration mounting with House GOP
December 21st, 2011
01:34 PM ET
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Senate Republican frustration mounting with House GOP

Washington (CNN)- The House GOP is coming under increasing fire from fellow Republicans in the Senate for the payroll tax standoff with Democrats – which many in the GOP see as a growing political debacle.

Multiple Senate GOP sources told CNN that frustration with their counterparts in the House is mounting.

"The House Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. They are on their own," a Senate GOP leadership aide told CNN.

"This is a lose – lose situation for us. They've let the Democrats get the messaging advantage and more specifically we've turned one of our key issues on its head. The Republicans look like they are the ones blocking tax relief," said the Senate GOP leadership aide, who also called it "inexcusable."

On Saturday, the vast majority of Senate Republicans voted for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, and many were surprised that their House colleagues revolted and refuse to agree to the temporary fix.

Over the past few days many Senate Republicans have publicly called on the House to pass the short-term measure, saying it’s not perfect, but worth voting for in order to avoid an average tax increase of $1,000 for Americans.

The Wall Street Journal, usually a reliable voice of support for Republicans, wrote a scathing editorial Wednesday, torching House Republicans for a misguided strategy, both on policy and politics.

"The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play," said the Wall Street Journal editorial.

GOP Senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, issued a statement Tuesday supporting the House GOP's decision not to approve the two-month extension. Wednesday morning, he changed his tune and said he now agrees with the Wall Street Journal.

"Both Republicans and Democrats have agreed that this is going to happen and probably the best thing to happen now is just to get it over with – one more policy blunder- but just get it over with and move on because now it's been framed as a tax increase which it's not," Corker told CNBC.

On Tuesday Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told CNN this fight is "harming the Republican party."

To be sure, there is a fair amount of frustration among House Republicans with their Senate brethren. Several House GOP sources have told CNN they believe Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, gave up too soon last week on negotiations for a year-long payroll tax extension, which is what all sides ultimately want. Those talks were stymied over partisan differences on how to pay for the tax cut.

Still, a second senior GOP Senate aide told CNN Republicans should be happy because they got several important concessions from Democrats, including one relating to the controversial Keystone Pipeline.

"The House Republicans pulled defeat from the jaws of victory," said the senior GOP Senate aide.

– CNN Radio Correspondent Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.

soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. 1crusader

    Bob Corker says that the House GOP members have allowed this to be framed as a tax increase, when it isn't; but it's interesting that 1 year ago, when the issue was the expiration of the Bush tax cuts,Republicans framed the issue as the president wanted to raise the public's taxes because he didn't want to renew the Bush tax cuts( when actually, he didn't want to renew the tax cut for the top earners only)-the same basic scenario as this, with the payroll tax set to expire on December 31st.So it's a tax hike when the president does it, but it isn't when Republicans do the same thing.What hypocrisy.

    December 21, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Silly Baggers!

    @Four and the Door. I read you comments all the time. While you clearly are a conservative usually, not always, but usually you present meaningful comments on your sides positions. But how you arrived at the House Repubs are winning on this is unbelievable. Your whole comment was a reach and that is not what I expect from you. It's OK to admit when you side has made a mistake and clearly the house GOP have here. Frankly I believe they were blindsided by the support the Senate GOP put behind this and really did not know how to react when it came back to the House. Clearly they dropped the ball here. I know, everyone here knows it, the Dems know it, and the Senate GOP no it. Deep down inside I have to believe that there is enough reason in you that you know it to. And your attack on Obama over this when this has been clearly an issue between the House and Senate and something Obama cannot control is very ameturish for you.

    December 21, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Four and The Door

    Grand Oil Party
    The House GOP fails and this is news how?
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    No, actually the House GOP is winning. They are the only group with leadership that's not afraid to make a decision.
    ***********************************************

    The same could have been said of Pelosi and Hoyer when they ran things, and you screamed bloodly murder here about it. Making decisions is NOT an accomplishment, its WHAT decisions and how they are implemted that is the issue, and Boehner is failing miserably. He can't even control his caucus, how good a leader can he be? Check the apporval ratings to see what people think of the House and the GOP "decisions". You are reaching, as usual.

    December 21, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Tony

    "The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play," said the Wall Street Journal editorial.

    Amazing. Not only are Republicans opposing the bill when they actually support an extension of the tax break, they are getting the blame for opposing the bill when they actually support an extension of the tax break.

    December 21, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Name dwight

    Republicans need to get this done, remember we give you all power we can take it away 11/2012. John Boehner needs to stop crying like a child and bring the vote to the house.

    December 21, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door:
    We need more people in Washington who are not afraid to do what is right for America. A 2 month 'dodge-the-decision" game is not what is good for America.
    -----------------
    Keep saying stuff like that and you will fail to make the playoffs, pal. You just defended the idea that not extending the tax cut is good for America, while at the same time saying that a two month extension is not good because a one year extension is what the country needs.

    I've been saying it for weeks and weeks that the Republican Party was painting itself into a corner, and Obama was giving them all of the rope to do it. This political gaffe is just the first bump in the road. More are to come. The Republican Party has not only positioned itself on the wrong side of the issues, but they have burned their bridges as they proudly march along, leaving themselves no wiggle room. Their arrogance is on proud display for all of world to see.

    December 21, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Name

    @four and the door

    Actually th gop isnt winning anything. They just whine about everything
    As far as president is concerned. A president should have his own ideas
    and agenda, while still being willing to listen to and include others ideas
    With his. We've already had 8 years of a president (GWB) with a policy of my way
    Or no way. Look were that got our military and economy. All of your statements
    are driven by your pure hatred of Obama. I wonder why that is!

    December 21, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The House Republicans pulled defeat from the jaws of victory," said the senior GOP Senate aide
    ------------------------
    WOW! How do you do that? Just ask a Republican!

    December 21, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. anagram_kid

    Four and the Door wrote, “… the House GOP is winning. They are the only group with leadership that's not afraid to make a decision.” Then in the same post wrote, “That's why he [President Obama] so easily changes his mind on most things.”
    You do realize that one cannot change a decision without making a decision, right? Plesae learn basic logic.

    BTW, have you thought of a new screen name for President Obama’s second term yet?

    December 21, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Tom In Millstadt

    Wait a minute Corker. "it's been framed as a tax increase which it's not" how is letting this tax cut expire not a tax increase when letting the Bush tax cuts expire was. Typical right wing logic.

    December 21, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans are losing the battle, as the American people are waking up. The right wingnuts who post they are winning are as delusional as Baghdad Bob.

    December 21, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door:
    We need more people in Washington who are not afraid to do what is right for America. A 2 month 'dodge-the-decision" game is not what is good for America.
    -----–
    Keep saying stuff like that and you will fail to make the playoffs, pal. You just defended the idea that not extending the tax cut is good for America, while at the same time saying that a two month extension is not good because a one year extension is what the country needs.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    You need to read everything. I don't like the tax cut because it is purely a political ploy and not really what we need Washington to be doing right now. The Federal Government has more important things to be doing than playing politics. BUT, if it is going to happen anyway, it should be paid for with spending cuts, not an increase in home buying costs. And a 2 month bill is an even stupider idea. It adds the element of ineffective decision making to the whole exercise.

    December 21, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Independent Voters

    Boehner most be a wimp he letting the teaparty destroy his career. Boehner just get the job did and pass the tax cut and unemployment bill.

    December 21, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Leave it to McCain to point out the GOBP deathcult's real problem: It's hurting the "party brand." What the senile McCain doesn't seem to understand is that the GOBP deathcult is a horribly stained "brand" that means nothing anymore to anyone but the most ant-American corporation-loving elitist. The rest of the country is rapidly waking up to the fact that the GOBP deathcult hates everyone who is not wealthy and aligned with the bloodthirsty, warmongering neocons.

    December 21, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. iTALIAN NONNO

    Boehner is a weak leader, he should grow a pair,.. tell that weasel Cantor to take a hike,.. and control the Tea Party traitors. Can you believe it? our tax dollars are paying for their salaries!!!!

    December 21, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sen. Corker's wealth is estimate at only $100 million, so he better be careful what he says that disagrees with foreign owned media. It may cost him a tea party opponent in the next election.

    December 21, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Indy

    Four and the Door
    You got smoked here, kinda like the Republicans painted themselves in a very ugly corner. You are usually better then this and can admit when your side is 100% wrong, you must be having a bad day, hope you feel better soon !

    December 21, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Baghdad Bob would have made a good pr person for the republican congress.

    December 21, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. LegendRx

    My daddy use to say, "son, when they go down, kick-em" The GOP are down for the count and being kicked by it's own party. Meanwhile, the Dems are saying, "pass the popcorn" please! LOL @ four and the door being kicked on the floor! :)

    December 21, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Tony

    Four and the Door,

    It is time to change your name to Two and Out, which is what will happen to House Republicans in 2012.

    December 21, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Jim in San Mateo

    Personally, I applaud the Greedy Oil Party's representatives in the house. The voters of this country will revolt and quite possibly enough to send the House and the Senate to Democratic hands and Obama back to the white house. If they keep it up, the Democrats will pick up enough seats to control the House and may event pick up the 3 or 4 seats to get to a 60 seat majority in the Senate. Then we can get this country back on the right track so the government works for the people instead of wealthy interests pursuing their own fortunes at the cost of the middle class.

    December 21, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. S From Canada

    I notice in all your remarks regarding the democrats and President Obama you never onece mention that if the Republicans had not ties the pipeline to this whole scenerio there would already be a one year extension!!

    December 21, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. rs

    We may be witnessing the beginning of the destruction of the Republican Party. They have lost their way morally, they have no working policies, and now there is greater in-fighting in the Congress.

    When the autopsy is completed, I'll bet the cause of death will be crating the TEA Party and allowing it to grow unchecked within the party body. A contributing cause however will be cited as being the dat Ronald Reagaan got into bed with the Southern Baptist Convention, and parroted their culture wars nonsense.

    December 21, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. ted

    The GOP has not dealt with the TEA Pottiers who have sha* all over. That leaves but one choice in 2012

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 21, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Failure is the Republicon legacy

    The GOP is winning....the race to the bottom of their very shallow gene pool.
    If you follow the fox media & hate radio talking points you might have been manipulated into thinking the GOP is wining.....and the world is flat, gravity is just a theory and scientific theories don't "count", and a whole host of other stupid stuff.... but just because you now believe these and all the other right wing fantasies doesn't make them true.
    It just makes you an idiot.

    December 21, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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