Election-year politics will chart Congress' path this year
January 17th, 2012
07:25 AM ET
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Election-year politics will chart Congress' path this year

Washington (CNN) – On Capitol Hill, the beginning of this year will look a lot like the end of last year.

The fight over extending a payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits picks back up Tuesday as Congress returns to work after its winter break.

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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The fight over extending a payroll tax cut
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    But the House Repubicans pased it for one year and fought to keep it at that. BUT THE DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA fought to make it only TWO MONTHS for purely policital reasons.

    Democrats have NO CLUE how to run a country with month to month tax policies and NO BUDGET in 3 years being passed in the Senate. I gues they don't want to call out the massive, over a TRILLION deficit every year. Democrats just can't afford to be honest with the American people on how fiscally irresponsible they are and continue to be, while the country accelerates toward bankruptcy.

    January 16, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    But the House Repubicans pased it for one year and fought to keep it at that. BUT THE DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA fought to make it only TWO MONTHS for purely policital reasons.
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    Don't start with that nonsense again. Every House Republican leader is on record as being against these tax cuts, as well as Senate Republicans. All Republicans have been against the whole idea of this tax cut from the start, which means December 2010. Democrats had wanted a two year tax cut at that time, but Pres. Obama settled for one year.

    We have a two month deal in the Senate because that was the compromise that Sen. McConnell worked out with Sen. Reid. Reid wanted a full year but without the toxic amendments that the Tea Party wants to add to every "must pass" legislation that comes through the Congress.

    January 16, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Clueless crazy right wingnuts seem to think that the crap that came out of the house, was an attack on women's rights, defunding consumer protections, and lowering money for medicare and social security was a payroll tax cut.

    January 16, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Should have bee, 'do not think, '

    January 16, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |