House passes payroll tax plan opposed by Obama
December 13th, 2011
06:55 PM ET
11 years ago

House passes payroll tax plan opposed by Obama

Washington (CNN) - Another Washington political showdown took shape Tuesday as the House of Representatives passed a Republican plan that would extend the payroll tax cut and speed the process for government approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The bill, approved on a 234-193 vote largely on party lines, now goes to the Senate, where it was unlikely to pass due to strong opposition from Democratic leaders.


Filed under: Congress • House • John Boehner • Taxes
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  1. rs

    ...And demand the super rich keep their tax cut; that Canadians get jobs from the tar sands pipeline; and American petoleum firms get to pollute here (with the pipeline oil), and sell that gasoline abroad.

    The GOP/TP helps the rich, helps big business, makes jobs (someplace else), and tosses a small bone to working class Americans.

    Once again, they show their true colors (NOT, red, white and blue).

    December 13, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. diridi

    where are the jobs?

    December 13, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Dee

    Boehner and his people just can't do the right thing for the American people just pass the bill that's most important without attaching other things.

    They hate this President so that it will cost them their seat in Congress and rightly so we are tired of all the bickering.

    If the American People vote for Gingrich you will see some of the same and worst from elected officials he is the grandfather of all of this mess.

    December 13, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Reid will table it in the Senate, and not even bring it to a vote. The Democrats have no intention of allowing any bill to pass, that doesn't include the millionaire's tax. Not any. Obama wants more money he can squander........that's the bottom line.

    December 13, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The Republicans are playing the public for suckers. They have no desire of seeing the tax cut extended. It plays so much better into their narrative if there would be just one tax increase during Obama's first term. But they must find a way to not only block it, but to somehow stay true to their Norquist "no votes for new taxes" Pledge.

    So, they come up with bills that they know Democrats will never pass. Their votes on the measure are naturally in favor of the tax cut. They know it will not pass in the Senate because the same drama will play out again as in the House. The Democrats are seen as voting against extending the tax cut. Taxes on the middle class go up. Blame the Democrats because Republicans had every hope to see the tax cuts extended but were blocked from doing so by the "tax and spend" evil liberals in the Congress.

    December 13, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Bill

    And it will be rejested because you GOP clowns want to load up the bill with irrelevant BS. I can wait for 2012.

    December 13, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    He had better hope it passes, given the non-existant record of legislative success the House GOP has had. Of course, what we will probably get is something where working people pay the wealthy for the privilidge of having to subsidize their lifestyle. He's an utter and complete embarrassment as a leader and a legislator.

    December 13, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. george of the jungle

    typical repo stratigy. do they all own stock in the canadian oil? lets screw up our invornment so the fat cats can get richer. There is a reason why we are going slowly on this project. Why cant they just pass the bill on taxes and employment and leave it at that without tacking on more rich people junk.?

    December 13, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. David in Houston

    So, no payroll tax passage without a handout to the republican's oil & gas benefactors?

    Please wake me when the GOP starts giving a crap about the middle class...

    December 13, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    More strings attached nonsense coming from the party who just can't seem to break away their own lobbyists and special interest groups? Why am I not suprised?

    December 13, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    "What happened to Republican support for tax cuts?" Carney asked, noting what he called the "passionate" GOP opposition this year to Democratic efforts to end Bush-era tax cuts for wealthy Americans.
    This tax cut is really Obama defunding Social Security which is already in trouble financially. Why does Obama want to do that? Does it make any sense at all? ( Only as a political play in election campaign season. You know Obama... )

    December 13, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Walter

    These are two totally separate measures and should be unbundled. If they both have merit, then they will pass on their own – but to combine these in such a manner demonstrates there is no genuine interest in supporting the payroll tax plan. As a combined piece of legislation, the House knows will full certainty it will not pass. Once again, the American people witness the failures of Congress to address the majority. I look forward to the day when both houses are controlled by the Democrats who will put the needs of the people first and cease paying homage to special interests. The GOP is unbelievably out of touch with the pulse of mainstream America.

    December 13, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Way to go John!! Keep trying to create those jobs!! The REAL question is when are the Democrats going to stop obstructing all of these jobs bills coming out of the House in order to further their stupid little class warfare game that they hope will get them re-elected in 2012. The American people see right through their pathetic political games. Nov. 2012, bye bye Democrats!

    December 13, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    diridi - where are the jobs?
    Harry Reid and Obama keep killing them faster than they can be created. They are the Black Hole of job creation.

    December 13, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Gurgi

    No matter what the house tries to do, Ried tables it for political reasons, just to try and make republicans look bad for "doing nothing," hoping people will be dumb enough to re-elect Obama. That being said, in all fairness, the republican candidates are not looking all that great.

    December 13, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Democrats somebody wrote:
    Way to go John!! Keep trying to create those jobs!! The REAL question is when are the Democrats going to stop obstructing all of these jobs bills coming out of the House .....
    Legislation is not a "jobs bill" unless it can create at least 6 digits worth of jobs. Rick Perry predicts this pipeline will create "over 1.5 million jobs" is how he phrased at a recent debate. I think I heard Sen. McConnell predict "over 100,000 jobs" on the Sunday talks shows. The CBO estimates that the pipeline will create between 4000 and 8000 non-permanent jobs.

    This pipeline is not a engine of job creation. It is simple give away to the oil companies to shorten the trip from the Atlantic to Alaska for the new generation of super tankers too big to fit through the Panama Canal. Period. The pipeline doesn't even reduce our dependence on foreign energy. Still not convinced? Then why would the pipeline be run all the way across the the continental US [with no pit stops] to the Texas gulf coast where there are ports are being constructed for the larger tankers?

    December 13, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota


    These are two totally separate measures and should be unbundled.
    Hey, Walter. Didn't you know? Republicans are all about bundling anything and everthing they can get their greedy little fingers on. Look how well that worked for us back in 2007/2008. And here they are, still pushing for all they (and their dirty little lobbyists) are worth.

    December 13, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Lost inTexas FOREVER and EVER

    yep the best way to create jobs is to KILL jobs billls....lower taxes on the "job creators" that so far have created BUNCHES of jobs, vote to cut back federal workers which will put MORE people out of work, and vote not to fund jobs that will fix our roads and bridges. Of course then say government DOESN'T create jobs helps as well.

    December 13, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Usarnaem

    Ol' weepy is in for a rude awakening once he finds himself packing his office up after 2012.

    December 13, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Logic in LA

    If it passes and then gets through the Senate and then Obama signs it- I will NEVER vote for a democrat again!
    It will prove them to be worse than Republicans who at least admit they are looking out for big business and their wealthy friends.

    December 13, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "This tax cut is really Obama defunding Social Security which is already in trouble financially."

    A. Captain Spinbot got the memo this morning I see. If you're so worried about whether payroll atx cuts now will require atx increases for the wealthy later, why don't you get out there and convince the wealthy "job creators" to star paying people more in the first place instead of holding middle-class salaries stagnant for decades in the face of inflation and skyrocketing education, home costs and average household debt. Or are you too lazy?

    B. SS is solvent through at least 2037 and only requires minor adjustments to make it solvent perpetually. Had the GOP not raided the trust fund extensively between 2000-2008, we wouldn't even be having this discussion.

    December 13, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    And I predict Boehner loses his job next year and goes ona 3 week bender that has the National Enquirer breaking all its sales records.

    December 13, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Darrell

    Rick McDaniel

    Obama could not waste the amount money Bush wasted on two wars and giving more money to the rich/corporations....In fact, Bush wasted your money and you did not make time come up with better talking points.

    December 13, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |