Senate approves two-month extension of payroll tax cut
December 17th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate approves two-month extension of payroll tax cut

Washington (CNN) - Senate lawmakers on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to extend the payroll tax cut by another two months, after both sides were unable to reach a comprehensive agreement to extend the cuts and unemployment benefits for a full year.

The measure is the latest in a series of last ditch temporary fixes, postponing another legislative showdown between lawmakers until February, when the bill's provisions are set to expire.


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  1. once upon a horse

    just another band-aide not really getting anything done....or as they like to call it "kicking the can down the road". This is the sorriest Congress on BOTH sides I have ever seen in my life.

    December 17, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That just means that Obama is still in the driver's seat, dictating to the American people, not allowing anything to get through Congress, he doesn't approve of.

    December 17, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. GOP ~ "tax the middle class, blame the poor"

    Fine if the “anything for-profit” party wants to speed it up through political games just say “NO” Mr. President.
    NO, until you have a reasonable time to review the total impact of such a risky project by the historically reckless oil industry. Any adult (not GOP) would understand how a rash and/or ill-informed decision of such magnitude can result in long term negative social, environmental, and economic affects.
    Like when our most recent un-informed and in-curious President Bush invaded Iraq under false pretense supported by false and illegitimate, although deliberate, conjecture.

    December 17, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Independent Voters

    If the middle class goes up after 2 months we going to vote republicans out of the office in 2012 election

    December 17, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Whatcha gonna do on Keystone, Obama? Vote "present"? Sorry, big guy – can't do that as president. McConnell just played you like a cheap fiddle.

    December 17, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. diridi

    This nation desperately needs "Senate and Congress Term-Limits". Period. Someone needs to fight for it.

    December 17, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. george of the jungle

    gee then they can go home for Christmas. and we can do this all again in two months. vote all repos out

    December 17, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Logic in LA

    More non-sense. More politics.

    December 17, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. WireweirdinSF

    All I have t say is to paraphrase the words of the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president this country has ever had and say sign this bill idiot.

    December 17, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. gt

    some americans just want to work... keystone will help thousands..obama cant cave in to those on extreme left...

    December 17, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    What does a pipeline have to do with payroll tax cuts? Oh, that's right, Republicans are anti-American domestic terrorists, they're just holding the country hostage as usual.

    December 17, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Doug

    Democrats will always look to punish, hurt, and harm the givers while they will reward the lazy takers so long as they continue with their Democrat votes.

    December 17, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Taylor

    The pipeline needs more study. Say NO Mr. President. Repugs are always trying to tie your hands.

    December 17, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Fair is Fair
    Whatcha gonna do on Keystone, Obama? Vote "present"? Sorry, big guy – can't do that as president. McConnell just played you like a cheap fiddle.◄

    ☼ REWRITE:☼

    Whatcha gonna do on Keystone, CONGRESS? Vote "against extending the payroll tax cut/unemployment benefits in another two months"? Sorry, CONGRESS – can't END the payroll tax cut in February??? Why? Because President Obama just played you like a cheap fiddle and in two months, the Keystone Pipeline is HISTORY and Congress/TeaPublicans will still be BLAMED for NOT extending the payroll tax cut!!!

    Obama 2012

    December 17, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. once upon a horse

    GOP in favor of something that would help big oil? Say it ain't so. Perhaps they need to read the CNN report on how many jobs this deal would REALLY create. Nice for those north of the border though.

    December 17, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |