Senate leaders squabble over payroll tax plan, budget
December 14th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate leaders squabble over payroll tax plan, budget

Washington (CNN) - Political skullduggery spilled onto the Senate floor Wednesday, with Democratic and Republican leaders openly squabbling over the order of votes on a GOP payroll tax cut plan and a spending measure needed to keep the government funded past Friday.

Senate Democratic leaders went to the White House later Wednesday afternoon for a previously unannounced meeting, presumably to determine a strategy for further negotiations.


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  1. Food stamps for billionaires.

    The Koch brothers could use a little more of that bought and paid for republican help. Those two little scamps only made over $25 billion in profits last year, and need a tax break paid for by the 99.8% of Americans. As any republican can tell you, wealthy people may be well off financially, but they need more money.

    December 14, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The inability to agree on how to proceed, let alone actually schedule votes, stymied progress on measures that both parties have said they support in concept – holding down taxes for working Americans and determining government spending for the rest of the fiscal year."

    No cookies and milk for this group ... right to the sandbox they go ... whining and crying and throwing their fits.

    Worst. Congress. Ever.

    All of them.

    December 14, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Shorter GOP:

    It puts the tax cuts for the rich in their pockets or the middle class gets teh hoze agayn.

    December 14, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Rickster

    It doesn't matter what the republicans offer up, President Failure is not going to go for it. His whole campaign is based on trying to portray congress as a "do-nothing congress" and democrats are so feeble-minded that they will not realize that a) half of the congress is controlled by democrats and b) republicans are offering up many proposals on a wide variety of issues that the democrats refuse to advance.

    December 14, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Every time I read a story about a bill passing the House, it is almost immediately followed by a story about that bill being "dead on arrival" in the Senate."

    That's because the House is full of ideologue extremists trying to load irrelevant conservative policy agenda wishlist items with a detrimental effect on the middle class into all sorts of bills where they have no place. Pay attention.

    December 14, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Food stamps for billionaires.

    By the time the republicans load all of their pork onto a bill, it has to be vetoed.

    December 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    2012 is on door step, Republican’s presidential campaign look like circus and they are losing tea party support. This is pathetic situation
    Even tea baggers don’t like republican’s congress. Tea party born on right time for right cause unfortunately republican’s congress misused their support and overreacted that is hurting tea party principles

    December 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Does anybody have a list of exactly what the Democrat Senate HAS passed this entire year?"

    Are you talking about the bills Boehner has sent to the Senate weighed down with every Republican lobbyist demand known to mankind? Or just the "lets rename rape to mean non-consensual rape" bill? Or the "no federally funded abortion" bills (all twelve of them) reinstating for the umpteenth time that abortions can't be federally funded? Perhaps you're talking about the Paul Ryan "lets give 'em Social Security and Medicare vouchers" plan? Yes, there are many bills that have been sent to the Senate ... all dead on arrival. Which is exactly where these bills should be. I still haven't come up with a lucrative jobs bill, though. I'll get back to you if when I find it.

    December 14, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    BTW, thank you MSM...everyone here very much appreciates your efforts to use the pipeline issue to distract from all the middle class harming poison pills the GOP loaded onto this legislation so the GOP can demandthe inclusion of those provisions when it pretends that giving up the pipeline is its "compromise" for passing a bill that required no compromise in the first place if it was kept clean, given that both parties agree that the payroll tax cuts should be extended and that the GOP has said time and again that tax cuts don't require offsetting spending cuts. Kudos. I'm certain that everyone making $80K per year will gladly pay hundreds more in Medicare premiums for the medical treatment they'll eventually need from breathing toxic fumes from the nearby industrial boilers in long as it means the extremely wealthy don't have to pay a little less than $0.02 more in taxes on the 1,000,001st dollar they earn next year.

    December 14, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Becker

    There was no jobs created by it last year anyway so if Democrats can't compromise let it expire. The Senate is the biggest loser body out there and can't get anything done. They have not even passed a budget in three years. I as do most Americans have a budget for my home and my business but that does not apply to the most partisan leader (Dirty Harry Reid) the Senate has ever seen.

    December 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    I say call their bluff. Pass a temporary spending measure, let them turn their backs and walk out on The People.

    December 14, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. rs

    Don't lose sight of it America: The GOP/TO STILL wants to cut taxes for the super rich, give out more corporate welfare and cut our benefits and programs in exchange for the meager savings the payroll tax cut will give the majority of Americans.
    Support the middle class- don't vote Republican!

    December 14, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC


    There was no jobs created by it last year anyway so if Democrats can't compromise let it expire. The Senate is the biggest loser body out there and can't get anything done. They have not even passed a budget in three years.
    I guarantee you that more of the money from those tax cuts worked its' way back into the *US* economy [dollar for dollar] than what found its' way back from the BTCs for the wealthy. Reagan used to have temporary spending measures every 2-3 months almost his entire time in the White House.

    December 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. rs

    Republicans- working hard to make Socialism look good!

    December 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |