President Obama to address payroll tax cut extension
December 22nd, 2011
11:47 AM ET
2 years ago

President Obama to address payroll tax cut extension

(CNN)– President Barack Obama will deliver a statement from the White House at 1 p.m. Thursday. He is expected to address the payroll tax cut extension standoff in Congress and will "be joined by Americans who would see their taxes go up if the House Republicans fail to act, including some of those Americans who have responded to this call to illustrate what $40 means to them," according to a White House release.


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I really dislike republicans and the 9% who support them.

    December 22, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When foreign owned media, Fox, created the tea bagger party, I wonder if they thought the would become domestic terrorists.

    December 22, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. af

    A Haitian proverb says: "Rock in the water don't know what Rock on the sun are suffering." Wich means congress are living in paradise with $ 179,000 a year, their don't care for the middle class with under $35,000 a year. Vote them all out.

    December 22, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Tax break – Great!
    I was unemployed most of 2010 and am struggling to pay present bills and credit card bills from 2010.

    Taking from Social Security – dumb idea

    60 day tax break – dumber idea

    I understand Congress’ 10% approval rating but I don’t understand the President’s higher approval rating. They are both in the same boat. I see Obama and Reid joined at the hip to criticize the House Republicans. How constructive is that for our country? Washington has been such a disappointment.

    December 22, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. MaryM

    Hopefully the House passed it.

    December 22, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  6. WiredweirdinSF

    Those greedy Republicans want to extend the pay cut for a year rather than 2 months. How obnoxious,. Obama has corrupt union bosses that have to be paid off and he needs the government money to do it like the "stimulus" money. How come CNN is not covering the various voter scandals in Indiana and elsewhere where the corrupt democrat liberals and union bosses stole the election of 2008 for Obama?

    December 22, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. EatRunDive

    Republicans could not care less about anyone who would find $40 significant.

    These are the same people who will slash social programs for the poor, but have not reduced Congressional entitlements by one cent.

    December 22, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. ben

    Obama is true leader.the only person who really cares abaut the american people

    December 22, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    This should be interesting. The Republican Party has painted itself into a corner. If anyone over there had any sense they should have seen this coming because it didn't take rocket science to see the nature of the trap and how it was forming. Through its' own arrogance, Republicans even helped redesign the trap and make it even more efficient.

    I expect President Obama to reiterate to the country the facts and the timeline of events for this latest Republican fiasco. He needs to emphasize to the public that the House has *not passed anything* related to the extension, contrary to many conservative claims. I really hope he uses the word "renege" today.

    December 22, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. justin

    The GOP is fighting it self. Just pass this please.

    December 22, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. John

    It doesn't matter because the Republican don't care about the Middle Class and the Poor. They only care about the RICH.

    December 22, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. ShawnDH

    Go get 'em President Obama! This guy fights for real Americans.

    December 22, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. American

    Godspeed Mr. President, who stands up for middle-class Americans in our time of need. Obama 2012

    House Republicans would rather protect Wall Street and RAISE taxes on Main Street. It's shameful.

    December 22, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. Phil in KC

    They all took their toys and went home. Is he going to call them back for a special session? It would serve them right. They kind of took the attitude that, if they couldn't get their way, oh well, let Americans suffer.
    The real crux of the situation is that Republicans don't want a 1.9% tax hike on income over $1M. The Democrats don't want cuts to Medicare and health care. I hope Americans will wake up and see who is taking care of who here. Republicans are on the side of the wealthy. Democrats are on the side of the elderly and anyone not rich enough to pay outright for their healthcare. So – here's a quote on morality:
    "The moral test of government is how it treats those in the dawn of life – the children, those in the twilight of life – the aged, and those in the shadows of life – the sick, the needy and the handicapped." – HHH
    So you judge which party is really in the moral majority here.

    December 22, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. jim jackson

    the rightwing nutcase radical christian hypocrites having shot their feet off are now putting the gun in their mouths.

    December 22, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. Mike in Fairfax

    10-1 he makes a speech lambasting the republicans...then boards Air Force One and heads to Hawaii to play golf and buy ice cream in front of the cameras. Such great leadership....

    December 22, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  17. Peace

    Hold your guns tightly Mr. President and stick on them. We are behind you as we know you are fighting for us.

    December 22, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. diridi

    What a shame on Congress. Obama, be stern, and confident. Obama2012.
    ps: GOP is for Rich, Oil, Greedy Corporate thugs...

    December 22, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. Jack

    Give 'em hell Mr. President. They have it coming.

    December 22, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    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.
    -----------------
    Do you find the conservative hypocrisy as amusing as I do? Letting the BTCs expire was a tax increase wasn't it? What is even more amusing is that conservatives will want to call letting the BTCs expire a tax increase all over again, around next year this time.

    Another amusing hypocrisy is that Boehner referred to the two month deal has punting the problem down the road. So, what is Boehner's suggestion? He punts even deeper. Boehner has suggested that a committee be formed to examine and discuss the issues surrounding the extension, with the goal of negotiating a deal that all parties can agree on.

    Well, at least he tried to punt. I guess he hasn't noticed that it is 4th down, his team is down, less than a minute remains, and his team needs to travel the length of the field to reach the end zone.

    December 22, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. Keith in Austin

    This is sure to be a political stunt by our illustrious Campaigner in Chief. In NO WAY will Obama mention that the Bill already approved by the House incorporates the following; A FULL YEAR extension that provides stability to Businesses and the Economy, Protection for Doctors that treat the Elderly to ensure their fees don't plummet due to Obamacare's gutting of Medicare budget, Sound CUTS in wasteful Government Spending, Keystone XL Pipeline initiative that will create thousands of jobs and reduce our dependency on foreign oil from the Middle East. Most importantly, to not bankrupt an already crippled Social Security System that retired Americans rely on!

    On the contrary, Obama will use his speech today to vilify the GOP feeding fuel to his typical class warfare rhetoric with the selfish goal to divide us as a Nation. In his standard elitist professorial manner, he will try and appear that he is working for the middle class but ultimately this display today is only about his re-election bid, NOTHING MORE! Hopefully, wiser Americans will see right through this charade!

    December 22, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. Republicans are not for middle class

    Its going to mud in the face of Republicans again. They just don't get the message from 99% of the country!

    December 22, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  23. Michael

    Regarding the payroll tax increase. I’m not going to say what’s right between a 2 month or one year extension I think everyone will agree that one year is better than 2 months. However I am concerned that the House GOP cannot be trusted. This 2 month deal was not done in secret. House leaders new about it and agreed to it. John Boehner was seen giving high fives and talking about how wonderful it was that the GOP got its way. Then after talking to his House members, changed his tune. How can anyone negotiate with the House GOP if they keep moving the goal post? The GOP must realize that compromise is not a dirty word. It’s the American way politically. From the very inception of our nation Compromise has been the American way, and that’s a good thing for all true Americans.

    December 22, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He'll most likely say that he'll sign a 2 month extension. I can imagine that he isn't too happy about having to stay in D.C. while the wife and kids are in Hawaii.

    December 22, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. Two and the Door for House Republicans

    LOL...the Republican are digging themselves in a hole that they will be forever digging out of!!! One would think they would have wanted to come in and showed the people how they were going to change and make Washington politics better, but they have just made a mockery of it and think people are going to blame the President and the Democrats!! REALLY!! I guess they are sitting on the Hill smoking stupid!!! "Two and the Door for House Republicans"

    December 22, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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