December 19th, 2011
10:28 AM ET
11 years ago

Boehner predicts House will reject payroll tax extension

(CNN) - Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Monday morning he expects the House of Representatives to reject the Senate's two-month extension of the payroll tax cut. Boehner also said he expects the House to pass legislation reinforcing the need for a one-year extension, and wants the matter to be taken up by a House-Senate conference committee.

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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Tom

    For all of those attacking Boehner: why doesn't it bother you that this bill is only good for two months? You actually think that the Senate accomplished something, and that the House should just approve it? You don't like "business as usual" in Congress? Well, this two-month travesty of a bill typifies business-as-usual in Congress. It was passed by the Senate for one reason: so that they can all go home for the holidays.

    December 19, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. jim

    GOP buffoons are ensuring an Obama landslide – thank God. This is coming from a lifelong Republican who has seen the light.

    December 19, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. volkan2

    Lets talk about what the democrats are doing for a change. If it were up to them, Americans who are moderately successful will not see one dime of social security benefits, even though we are the ones that are paying the most in it. So when the house gets some bogus tax deal full of disastrous consequences to future generations of hard-working americans, they are suppose to vote yes on it? C'mon, if you are clueless, don't drag me down with you.

    December 19, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Observer


    Wonder who is more to blame for the lack of co-operation and compromise?

    Here's the Mission Statement for Republicans:

    "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
    - Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Minority Leader, 10/27/10

    December 19, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. BellaTerra66

    Who does Boehner think he is? He acts like he (and The GOP) runs the country. And look at his face. That is NOT a kind face. He scares me.

    December 19, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Those of you blaming one party for all of our problems are either ignorant and should never be allowed to join in on political discussions or you are someone who just turned 18 and decided to start following politics."

    And those of you who put the blinders on and like to play the game of pretending both parties are exactly the same despite vast differences in their behavior and policies are simply deluded by the MSM sellnig you false equivalencies in order to make sure there is always a controversy to sensationalize. The historical record is clear, and it's not Dem behavior, Dem filibusters, Dem vetoes, Dem policies or Dem polical strategies that have generated the lion's share of deficits and debts, ground the gov't to an absolute halt, threatened the nation's credit rating, repeatedly bring what use to be routine issues to the brink in order to threaten default or a shutdown, etc. Wake up. The answers do not always lie in the middle as your folksy wisdom tells you. People subscribing to that nonsense is why the GOP was able to shift waaaaay to the right and convince alot of people that the middle had suddenly shifted to the right as well...calling blatantly centrist policies formerly espoused by the GOP "soshulist" and other idiocy.

    December 19, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Reasonably

    Politics over people. Oust 'em all!

    December 19, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. kansasvoter

    As much as I dislike the GOP here in Kansas, they do negotiate, they do comprimise. Boehner and his lemmings, on the other hand, are over the top. It doesn't matter what the issue is. As long as Obama supports it, he's going to oppose it. It's insane that this man is speaker. In a way I'm glad he is, as he is doing serious damage to the GOP. They have proven themselves to be obstructionists at a time we need something done. They will pay the price in November.

    December 19, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. tom

    Finally, someone is standing up for the middle class. Thank God for the GOP!!! Stop the democrats nonsense of 2 month tax extension and then argue all over again in 2 months. I am so sick of the Democrats saying they are for the little guy and then never doing anything for the little guy. The best thing they can do for the little guy is grow the economy so there is some jobs–not class warfare. Obama is so full of BS, if you do the math you realize that he could tax the rich 100% and it still wouldn't pay for all his spending.

    December 19, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Boehner and McConnell agree on thier stance: "y = x(4.5c / 13) where c = the number of seeds in an apple".
    Makes as much sense as anything I've heard either one of them say.

    December 19, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. MommaM

    I can't believe that people think they should thanking the GOP for stopping the Democrats – since the President has taken office they have done nothing but say NO to him and then try to say they are the heros. I personally fully support the President and wish him well. I am a lifelong Democrate and intend to stay that way!!!!! Compromise is the only thing that will help us.

    December 19, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Jimmy

    Obama is too left wing for this country.
    I hoped he would be a moderate but NO!
    We need someone in leadership to bring this country together.

    December 19, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    @rod yes, a welfarensystem because none of us have paid into this "entitlement" sincenour first paycheck!!
    The tax cut for the rich have not beennpaid for and if your party of American Taliban have their way the pendulum will swing even more in then favor of the rich.
    Turn off faux news!!! I don't know how old you are but I hope you have a job with good retirement (not connected with wall street) because you are going to be living, as a senior, after you are too old to work and no company wants you, in a tent in some national park!!!

    December 19, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Muldoon in Ohio

    I wonder who is pulling Boehner's puppet strings...whoever it is apparently doesn't agree with his Republican colleagues in the Senate, who voted for the tax cut extension. Thank you Thomas Jefferson – even 200 years ago he envisioned that Washington would be run by crooks and hypocrites, and thus designed the Congress after the English Lords and Common(ers), where few laws would be agreeable to all. Oftentimes it's better to do nothing than to pass a bill that benefits a narrow special interest.

    December 19, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Mr. Breeze

    "Boehner also said he expects the House to pass legislation reinforcing the need for a one-year extension"

    Bears repeating because apparently some people can't seem to see through their blind rage against the GOP.

    December 19, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Sharon

    They shouldn't be able to go on their holiday break until they reach a decision. Enough already. They should try living in our shoes for once. $1,000 is a drop in the bucket to them. For most Americans that are living penny to penny, it's a lot – especially when combined with salary cuts, insurance increases, rise in gas and food prices, and now ridiculous state things like NJ raising the tolls on the toll roads by 50%. Where do they think we're going to come up with money to pay for all of these things? I already work 2 jobs and have a freelance business. I need to sleep sometime!!!! LOL

    December 19, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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