House passes amended payroll tax cut extension
December 23rd, 2011
10:07 AM ET
2 years ago

House passes amended payroll tax cut extension

(CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut Friday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama and ending a heated standoff over the issue.


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Well done, Mr. President! Enjoy your deserved Christmas vacation.

    December 23, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Good. Now Democrats can fight for the extension through 2012 that they have sought since last year this time. I really wonder if the Tea Party caucus realizes that they are still in the same corner that brought about passage of this bill? I wonder if the Tea Party caucus realizes that they have cast a spotlight on the Republican hypocrisy over taxes?

    I doubt it. I think they are angrier than ever, more resolute than ever, more combative than ever. They will begin the new year with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. Too bad that they don't realize that they have already proven their point.

    December 23, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    Critics of the House GOP's stance insisted that the Senate's two-month extension was necessary to give negotiators more time to hammer out a deal over how to pay for the continuation.
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    But on December 13th, over a week ago, the Republican House passed a 1 year extension of the payroll taxd along with extended unemployment benefits. And it was all paid for.

    What we ended up with now is very very little. Obama and Reid's 2 month bill is a political joke on the American people. Obama is all talk. Or as they like to say out West, " All hat and No cattle". We can do better.

    December 23, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Terry,Va

    Oh goody. Less money going into Social Security which is already paying out less than it is taking in. More fees for house loans from Freddie and Fannie Mac. People more dependent on government as they collect 3 years of unemployment. Payroll departments and companies in turmoil with added untold millions in cost. The can kicked down the road for 2 months so the class warfare can continue. Mission accomplished Obummie.

    December 23, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. DoingTheThinkingSoYouDontHaveTo

    I've noticed alot of Republican commenters read the news then quickly assume things. "Obama doesnt like middle class because he chose the 2 month extention over the 1 year." Stuff like that. Obama does want the 1 year extension, but not if the Keystone LX project is attached to it (DUHHHHH). Why is it that GOP now wants a 1 year extension? Because they want that god damn pipeline so badly, NOT because they want to help you. Why the pipeline is bad for us? Just look at Hong Kong; the air is so bad their, they have to wear a face mask to breathe. Vote GOP if you love your face masks.

    December 23, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Ed 1

    Another loss for the tax payer and another win for continuing another fight in two months.

    Lets see two months vs. one year you tell me how this is a win.

    Get rid of Obama and his do nothing buddies for the tax payers except keep us in debt.

    December 23, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    ROTFLMAO – And what was this all about??? A moment in HELL for the House and they got cooled off anyway!!! What a bunch of LOSERS!!!

    President Obama is NOT having it all next year and THIS YEAR, ended with a BANG in his favor – the Republicans LOSE!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    December 23, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Terry,Va

    CORRECTION....CORRECTION. Social Security paying out more than it is taking in. I need to hire a typist, but Obummie would claim it as a job he created.

    December 23, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. 100% ETHI

    Is that...what it takes, to get what you want? Who will keep doing it?

    December 23, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. William

    At this rate we might end up with that loser Obama for another 4 years. I am sure he will kill the pipeline deal since he hates JOBS. You know you really lost when Obama won over tax cutting if that isn't funny while single he has single handedly eviscerated the economy with regulations. My Dad used to say paying those big quarterly tax payments makes me feel patriotic and I have to say it used to make me feel that way too except for the last 10 years.

    December 23, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Beck

    At this rate we might end up with that loser Obama for another 4 years. I am sure he will kill the pipeline deal since he hates JOBS. You know you really lost when Obama won over tax cutting if that isn't funny while single he has single handedly eviscerated the economy with regulations. My Dad used to say paying those big quarterly tax payments makes me feel patriotic and I have to say it used to make me feel that way too except for the last 10 years.

    December 23, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Steve

    OMG! Obama and senate are nuts.... Did anyone hear the presidents speech last night? Very misleading as usual. How can they boast 2 months is better than 12 months? Our country needed that pipeline flowing for the fuel and jobs! I don't know how anyone could vote for anyone with a D after their name?? As a group they have no idea what's good for America. I sure hope everyone in America takes a good look at what we need in this country and that is leadership! We can't keep spending and lose our country for our children, We are supposed to make life better for the next generation not worse!

    December 23, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. george of the jungle

    I love how the repos are saying but we want a year extention. Do they think we are stupid.? Thats what we wanted and the repos insisted on adding all the other garbage(pipeline) to the bill. They are nothing more than a bunch of clowns with no plans to help the economy only to screw over the president and the democratic party. We don"t need them and hopefully most will be gone by the end of 2012

    December 23, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. ron

    I think it is time to start a recall for not only the house speaker but also my state Represented.who is really cowards.
    All they had to do was charge the date for the tax cut to DEC/ 31/2012.
    But now I see they are now like the rest who bin there befor.

    December 23, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Stephanie

    What a refief for Amercias' middle-class. Let us all settle down for the holiday of choice. Time for laughter, reflection and hope for our future as a united Nation. I hope we all find a little bit of peace and serenity in the New Year.

    December 23, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. A MN

    I don't get why you dems are against the pipeline, it will create jobs, and help lower fuel cost and don't say its because of environmental issues are you aware that we have hundreds of thousands of pipeline in the US already and there has been NO problems with them.

    December 23, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote: [ happy holidays ]

    But on December 13th, over a week ago, the Republican House passed a 1 year extension of the payroll taxd along with extended unemployment benefits. And it was all paid for.
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    You must mean that "no compromises" bill that was a complete non-starter. The bill that called for drug tests and high school diplomas to get unemployment. The bill that tried to repeal the ACA by defunding it. The bill that had more ideological amendments attached than a Christmas tree has decorations. Yeah, you must mean that "no compromises" bill that was a complete non-starter.

    The peice legislation did not reflect the will of The People, at all. All of the facts were known before the vote was taken without any time granted to public debate in the House on the various amendments put into the bill, so that The People could know the real truth of what was actually in it.

    December 23, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    A MN wrote:

    I don't get why you dems are against the pipeline, it will create jobs, and help lower fuel cost
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    Right wing media has been misleading you. Democrats are not against the pipeline. Democrats are against bypassing the process, against bypassing *regulations* that protect the public from scavengerous corporations. How would you like to have a pipeline run through your neighborhood and not be allowed to voice any objections to it? I find the willful ignorance by some appalling, that there are people out there who support pushing the pipeline through the system, and could be totally unaware that the pipeline could coming to their neighborhood.

    It will not lower fuel costs, which is why you haven't heard any politicians making that easily debunked claim. For starters, the costs of fuel will go up just to fund the pipeline's construction.

    December 23, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The pipeline is estimated to create 6500 temporary jobs, not the hundreds of thousands that the republicans and foreign owned media are telling you.

    December 23, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. diridi

    do not worry about social security, it will be there....o.k, Meanwhile, democrats are asking for "Tax Code Reform". Throw up all the money all the time rich evaded taking tax loopholes...o.k, This includes, Ford, GE, Motorola, GM, Goldman sacs, etc, etc., Then they bring all the Manufacturing back into USA!!!

    December 23, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Larry L

    @Four and The Door

    "But on December 13th, over a week ago, the Republican House passed a 1 year extension of the payroll taxd along with extended unemployment benefits. And it was all paid for."
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    This was yet another "my way or the highway" hostage-taking bill. They we're offering to pay for it on the backs of the working class rather than their sugar daddies – the "job creators" they protect at all costs. These elite corporate moguls created no jobs beyond those offshore – where they shipped our manufacturing capability. They've sat on their fortunes while the working class waits for jobs. The fascist government the Republicans support is exactly what we fought WWII to defeat.

    December 23, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |