December 17th, 2011
12:59 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama 'very pleased' with vote on payroll tax cut extension

(CNN) - President Barack Obama praised the Senate for voting on Saturday to extend the payroll tax cut by another two months but urged members of Congress to reach an agreement that would extend the cuts and unemployment benefits for a full year.

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  1. GOP ~ "tax the middle class, blame the poor"

    President Obama stresses how important the middle class is to the success of America, and the GOP talks about how important it is to keep the middle class stressed out and paying for everything.

    December 17, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Doug

    If Obama gets a second term then Chris Christie will have blood on his hands. Many Americans will die when this extremist must carry out the wishes of the Daily Chicago Democrat machine. Thousands of people in Chicago have died due to the great society plan, a reality of death and violence for every American stuck in an area under complete Democrat rule.

    Ask yourself, when that video was up on youtube of that poor honor student in Chicago being beat to death by the community organized by Obama,why did every Democrat have a smirk on their face? Why did it bring 'dem happiness? The answers to these questions will tell every decent good hearted American why they must vote against the Democrat hate party.

    December 17, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. We the People are watching...

    So, Mr President you got the payroll-tax extention and the country gets the Keystone-pipeline and the jobs, jobs that come with it...and this is what "We the People" call compromise...!

    December 17, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    There's nothing like Obama caving in and folding like a cheap suit that puts me in the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas!!!!

    December 17, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Too little, too late, too many concessions to the GOBP deathcult.

    December 17, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. fred ca

    I was wondering why they were re-programming the teleprompter. For some reason it kept displaying 'the wall street people who control me are evil until they give me money'. They were afraid he would read it off without thinking...kind of like his presidency.

    December 17, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    If Obama would get out of the way, and stop asking Reid to block everything, and allow him to vote for what makes sense, instead of party politics, something might get done.

    Obama is to blame for all of the problems in Congress, personally.

    December 17, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. "very pleased"...!

    Mr Pressident you got your payroll-tax-cut-extention and your compromise is the Keystone-pipeline which will create jobs, jobs.....right....!!

    December 17, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    It's amazing how a dysfunctional congress getting anything done these days is news for celebration. When are we going to learn that these people aren't working for "we the people?" You can't put millionaires in office, who have access to insider information, and expect them to do anything other than make sure they take care of themselves. Like I said, when are we going to learn?

    December 17, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Billionaires got bailed out; we got sold out. Again. OWS!

    December 17, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Valerie from Raleigh

    When something comes up that will help the middle class it is always offered by the Democrats. The Republicans then try to block it by any and all means possible. Oc course, all Republicans offerings help the 1% of the wealthiest Americans and, heaven forbid, that anyone tries to stop these goodies to the very rich. If the Democrats try to stop it, the Republicans call this class warefare. Ya gotta love the Republicans.

    December 17, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. patrice

    Keep your head up Mr. Obama, the republicans are trying to get you off the topic of jobs again just like they did with the helathcare ordeal. This country would be a whole lot better off if we did not have these republicans in congress that only care about ways to take from the middle class and give more and more to the rich.

    December 17, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. JF

    The true definition of Capitalizm, is the ability to capitalize on people's weak mindedness. There is a sucker
    born everyday. You can third world manufacture at a cost of 5.00, and turn and sale it for 75.00"
    You can sell people fried ice cream, if you push the advertisement in their heads long enough. You can catch
    more flys with honey then with vinergar. You can lead a horse to water, but you can not make him drink.
    But man, if you put sugar in the water, " wow " will he drink. If you treat people good long enough, they will
    begin to think you have their best interest at heart. They would not know what is going on if it bit them in

    December 17, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. gate

    He is pleased that it is paid for by a fee increase on the middle class? It is offset by an increase in fees on mortgages. Millionaires and Billionaires don't need mortgages but the middle class does. This is a tax on the middle class. The GOP will do anything to protect the 1%.

    December 17, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. MWM

    Hooray for kicking the can down the road again.

    December 17, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. ED FL

    What a shame ,to think so many put their faith in President Obama to now wonder why. He has become a pawn for the GOP. He doesn't even try to oppse or explain why he gives in to their every wish at the expense of the voters that believed in him. Hopefully this will be the last 12 months of his extremely poor governing.The GOP has use him as thier biggest supporter.

    December 17, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. RobK

    Of course he is. The Republicans have bought into his thinking that Social Security should be paid for through general tax collections. Now all he has to do is get them to enact income thresholds and Social Security will just be Welfare by another name.

    December 17, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Tante Waileka

    Who cares what obozzo the fraud thinks or says... they are not his words nor his thoughts, he doesn't have enough brainpower for either.

    December 17, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Keith in Austin

    Obama motto: Never do today what can be put off until tomorrow!

    December 17, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. d

    Haha did he expect them to come back from holiday vaca and actually start working? dont hold ur breath sir...unless of course they want to take more of our rights then of course they will do so

    December 17, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    So what new gimmick will Republicans come up with now to stop the Payroll tax cut bill
    Back yo pure spending cuts approach already booted by the senate.
    Or will they find another pet project like repealing DADT or some abortion legislation

    December 17, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |