Leaders meet over spending, tax-cut impasse as clock ticks
December 14th, 2011
08:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Leaders meet over spending, tax-cut impasse as clock ticks

Washington (CNN) - In the first sign of progress in days of stalemate over the payroll tax extension and a government funding bill, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met privately for about an hour in the Capitol Wednesday night.

There was no immediate sign that a deal was near, but the meeting could be an indication they finally are working directly with each other toward resolving the dispute that threatens to shutter the government at the end of the week and raise the payroll tax rate on working Americans at the end of the month.


Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell • Taxes
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  1. Keith in Austin

    Harry Reid doesn't have a clue about negotiating! McConnell and Boehner would better spend their time talking to an empty bottle! Reid is the same Liberal hack that locked his Senate door to Republicans as he and his left-wing counterparts crafted Obamacare. Don't trust this arrogant little weasel guys!

    December 14, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Pedron

    As much as we would like to see the stupid gridlocks over! we have to do whats right to the people and the country!!

    December 14, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Vicente

    If the John Boehner, dose not make a good deal then he will make his party look real bad and when it comes to to vote people will not vote for his party side we will have the same old thing all over agian

    December 14, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. Larry L

    The Democrats in the Senate need to block this bill. Since Republ;icans are willing to kill the middle class to protect the rich Americans need to call their hand. When the middle class goes down, the elite class loses everything. That's history and that's the way this will go.

    December 14, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  5. RobK

    Paying for Social Security through general tax collections is a bad idea. It is the Democrat's plan to buy off those in lower income brackets by making it so they pay no taxes whatsoever. Class warfare plain and simple.

    December 15, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |