Boehner: Deal on payroll tax cut extension
December 22nd, 2011
05:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner: Deal on payroll tax cut extension

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday announced an agreement with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid to extend the payroll tax cut for two months.

Boehner said the Republican leadership's decision to oppose until now a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut passed by the Senate "may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world."


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder what the right wingnuts gained by their drama, other than scorn from foreign owned media, Fox, and 160 million Americans they tried to screw over.

    December 22, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Two and the door for House Republicans!!!

    Unnecessary drama again from the Republicans. Boehner knows he has NO control over the House and he has the NERVE to say the President is not LEADING!!! LOL!!! as my name says "Two and the door for House Republicans!!!"

    December 22, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. G. Broyles

    Why didn't Obama and Reid just have an up and down vote on the bill instead of lying to the American People about the GOP wanting to raise taxes, which is absurd? It is just another Obama bs program intended to screw the working class Americans and he is going to pay for it by robbing Social Security recipients. It is time for the people to wake up!!

    December 22, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    It's about time Boehner and the Tea Party Got their act together!

    December 22, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Freemonster

    Boehner has this incredible knack for freaking out his republican base. Was he right? Yes. Will this be manipulated by the left wing media and our campaigner in chief?Yes. Perception is Reality! Get it John

    December 22, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    The GOP tea baggers are a bunch of drama queens, all 84 vying for the crown..

    It should also be noted by all voters, the only concern voiced by the GOP is how this will "damage the GOP brand", not one word about how this would affect the American people.

    December 22, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Sorensen

    Poor, old Boehner. He is now really on his way out. Like the GOP.

    December 22, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Deep in the heart of TX

    Boehner's bleary eyes, tells me he has stumbled and missed one of those 12 steps...

    December 22, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    How's that crow tasting, eh GOPers/Teatrolls? Try it again in 2 months...WE DARE YOU.

    December 22, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Voice of Reason

    "...may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world." Well, DUH.

    It takes a big man to admit that he's been a complete imbecile. Thanks Mr. Speaker. Now go dry your eyes, and keep reading that handwriting on the wall. (It says your days are numbered...)

    December 22, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Wire Palladin, S. F. (who commented) "I wonder what the right wingnuts gained by their drama, other than scorn from foreign owned media, Fox, and 160 million Americans they tried to screw over."

    More republican talking points going nowhere? At least for G. Broyles (above) whose grasp on reality seems a bit off.

    December 22, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Ibz

    I don't know whether the Republican party does not see that they are joke in the eyes of the American people! Seriously, they are the most dishonest group i have ever seen.

    December 22, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Seth

    Democrats sure won that one. Now if they can send Obama to some leadership & economic classes we might have REAL Success. He might even be one the top four Presidents of all time but he is destined to be a cellar dwellar with Millard Filmore & his buddy Jimma Carter.

    December 22, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. S.positive

    This how the GOP will lose again in Nov 2012. They are clueless and America is paying for the mistake of 2010

    December 22, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    They seemed soooooo worried about the job creators.

    December 22, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Squigman

    The fact that this was such a bitter pill for the republicans to swallow, is proof that they (the republicans), elected to congress, do not (DO NOT), have the interest of the people at the heart of their decision making process. It would be nice to see a compete purge of the republicans, at election time. They need a taste of insecurity in their lives. Much like they've given the American public.

    December 22, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. The LONE OKIE

    Bohner takes his orders from McConnell.

    December 22, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. EatRunDive

    That makes one accomplishment for Boehner in 2011.

    December 22, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. tubino

    Broyles wonders "Why didn't Obama and Reid just have an up and down vote on the bill...?"

    An up or down vote on the bill is all the Dems wanted all along. The block that the GOP put on it was to refuse to allow it to come to a vote. That abuse of the cloture/filibuster rule has become the new GOP norm. It's destructive, but it backfired this time.

    December 22, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Valerie from Raleigh

    What has happened to the once-proud Republican party? To gain in the 2010 election, they assembled, funded and directed what would be known as The Tea Party. Now this group, the Tea Party, is taking them down at every turn and, it is my guess, that they will be very influential in the defeat of many Republican candidate in the upcoming 2012 election. The problem-making Tea Party's influence and damage done to this country are well known and, for most people, the Tea Party is the Republican party and the party will pay a price. I guess the old saying is true -– if you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

    December 22, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    THe democrats need to use this time wisely to figure out how the Republicans are going to try and resurrect the Original House bill and push that in Jan/ Feb which it is clear, they will do.
    I think the Obama/ Senate plan and House plan should be to re-instate the AJA less what has already gone thru with whatever lowering of tax increase rate is needed throw in the pipeline and some spending cuts if not in AJA and use them as the " compromise to get The small millionaires only tax increase to benefit the economy per CBO data on the AJA.
    This has to " leak out from Harry and Pelosi" in early January before the house re-convenes and have been caucused to House dems and Senate dems for solidarity of intent.
    They need to work very hard to prevent the resuscitation of the House bill being the only discussion, and the repeated Conference call request that will come, they have to not just refect that but say why... its simple its another version of the Republican my way or the highway as the conference rules work in its favor very strongly.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    December 22, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  22. kat

    I understand where you're coming from Mr. Boehner, now let's make some progress. The Dem's got the best of us this time, but next time, make them eat crow. Make the tax cuts permenant and cut the budget with all the hand outs. Regulate welfare, foodstamps, unemployment and all other handouts. I'm all for helping those in need, but the ones who decide to live off the back of hard working people need to learn a lesson. Fend for yourself or go hungry, stop government welfare to companies who pay their execs too much... no corp. welfare eitheir.. goodbye GM, Good bye Unions , Good Bye Soyndra, Good Bye Freddie and Fannie, We aren't too far from good bye USA if we don't change paths

    December 23, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |