Reid: No more negotiations on payroll tax cut
December 19th, 2011
12:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Reid: No more negotiations on payroll tax cut

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Monday he will not agree to reopen negotiations with House leaders on the payroll tax cut until the House passes the two-month extension already approved by the Senate.

"I have always sought a year-long extension. I have been trying to forge one for weeks, and I am happy to continue negotiating one once we have made sure middle-class families will not wake up to a tax increase on January 1st," Reid said in a statement. "So before we re-open negotiations on a year-long extension, the House of Representatives must protect middle-class families by passing the overwhelmingly bipartisan compromise that Republicans negotiated, and was approved by ninety percent of the Senate."

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  1. rs

    It is time to make the Republicans own it all: their out of control spending for the last 30 years; their unpaid for wars,; their gifts to the rich; and now, their tax increase on the Middle Class. Show Americans what the GOP/TP really stand for- then let them crash and burn.

    December 19, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. gmh6419

    Harry, please visit the White House and let President Obama know how easy it is to grow a pair.......Way to go Harry!!

    December 19, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Let it expire.

    December 19, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Bill

    Reid is sitting on many bills that passed the House and would actually lower taxes. And by lower taxes I mean not waving $100 bill in the face of the average American and telling them what a stand up guy he is for the extra $100. Anyone who believes he is doing the right thing has no idea of the contents of the bills he is purposefully sitting on. Wake up, read the bills he's sitting on and by the time you get done with them, Republican or Democrat, you'll be furious that he won't bring these up for a vote.

    December 19, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Sniffit

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

    Tranlsation: "Boehner all but admits that the 2 month extension is a disaster for the GOP, who will then have to face Obama in full-blown campaign mode while they yet again try to use brinksmanship to push their plutocratic agenda in a manner that humps the middle-class."

    And yet...when it came to the pipeline...a 1 year extension so the State Dept. could perform a full environmental review was treated as a sign of the apocalypse because the GOP/Teatrolls think they can win POLITICAL leverage by forcing the State Dept. to make a decision in 2 months and deny it for lack of a full study and then run around screeching like banshees that Obama and environmentalists are killing jobs and gov't is broken etc. Last thing the GOPers/Teatrolls want is the public paying attention to them scerwing the middle class in 2 months with more brinksmanshiph on payroll tax cuts while they're simultaneously busy trying to hype a manufactured political screed over the pipeline.

    December 19, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Killdeer

    Good for you Senator Reid. Hold their feet to the fire on this one. If the House GOP does not accept the Senate's proposal and taxes do go up after the first how is that going to play with the "pledges" they signed with Grover Norquist? Republicans in the House will be toast come next election if they raise taxes.

    December 19, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Has anyone noticed that the votes are taking place in such a way that no Republicans are forced to violate their Grover "No new taxes" Norquist pledges, while at the same time rejecting the tax cut by laying blame on Democrats who would vote against the tax cuts?

    Has anyone noticed that the conversation is being changed from "why is the pipeline part of this spending issue" to "why are the Democrats pushing for only a two month extension, instead of a one year extension"?

    December 19, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. HolyChrist

    bob_lawbla: Unfortunately, you're not alone, but even more importantly, you're completely misinformed. If we didn't have things like the Bush tax cuts, loop holes, and corporate subsidies, you'd begin to have a point. The "lifestyle" the wealthy have put in place is quite amazing... all on the backs of the 99%. Who's pulling the wagon? The 99%.

    December 19, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. sara

    I always placed my "bet" on the quiet fighter. Good for YOU HARRY. Give 'em HELL! This was bipartisan with McConnell giving HIGH FIVES after it passed. Boehner, go CRY in your Whiskey! Enough is ENOUGH!

    December 19, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Publius Novus

    Why haven't we heard from Mitch McConnell about the House's partisan rejection of the Senate's overwhelming, bipartisan bill?

    December 19, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. b0bc4t

    Ninety percent of the Senate voted to go home for the holidays, that's it. This is just another sham to push this down the road until it becomes another "too big to fail" ... "pass it or lose everything to automatic cuts"... or "pass it so we can see what's inside", ... rather than pass this because it is good legislation. Congress, like the rest of the country has lost its' work ethic, and just wants a free for all brawl in which each calls the other stubborn or obstacles to progress. HELP US!

    December 19, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. David in Houston

    Please wake me when the GOP starts to give a damn about the middle class...

    December 19, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "After Harry gave away everything – now he says enough? Pathetic. He should have stood firm at taxing the gazillionaires."

    Please describe for the class how, given the composition of the two chambers of Congress and the behavior of the GOP/Teatrolls, the millionaires tax could have been passed.

    Hint: The party unwilling to back off and make a concession is the party that gets the blame.

    As much as it would've been nice to win and see someone making $1,000,001 pay slightly less than $0.02 more in income tax, yuo have to realize that it was a reasonable proposal made with the foresight that it would have to be atken off the table and, in so doing, make the Dems look like the reasonable people. Despite all the other crap the GOP tried to load into the bill, it all went away except for the pipeline, which will be denied in 2 months because the State Dept. won't have completed its environmental and other studies, as they CLEARY WARNED AHEAD OF TIME. Then, the GOP will try to blame Obama, but the records and State Dept. reports will show that it was denied because the GOP decided to force an unrealistic timeline on it to score political points. To be honest, I'm not sure they even win that argument in the court of public opinion unless the MSM (as we shoudl all expect it will) completely fails to put the facts on level with the GOP's blather by explaining to the public that the reason it was denied is because of the shortened deadline, period.

    December 19, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    It should be put off until 2013 when we have a Republican Administration and a real economic strategy. These shoot-from-the-hip random economic bills based on politics are doing nothing to really help the country. We need to recover the economy, recover our nation's financial situation and put together benefits programs that can survive to help generations of Americans. They are too important to be acted on based on short-term political ambitions. Anyone who doesn't see this tax cut as a political driven handout leading into an election year needs to take a second look at the shape of Social Security funding.

    December 19, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Reid is a complete fool and incompetent. Is this buffoon going to keep making 2 month extensions to our tax laws? How insane! This from the same imbecile who hasn't passed a budget in 3 years. Democrats are completely braindead when it comes to finances. At this point let the tax holiday expire. I'll pay the money that should be going to fund social security, no problem. The Democrats just want to use this as another opportunity to shift the tax burden from those that should be paying to "the evil rich" that are oppressing the Democrat masses (aka tax deadbeats).

    December 19, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Old Bird

    Give them hell Harry! Time for them to stand by what the negotiated.

    December 19, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. b0bc4t

    How are Bush's unfunded tax cuts different from tax cuts that will be paid for in the year 2020, when these politicians will have a different crisis on their hands to pay for? If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over again?

    December 19, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "It didnt help the economy last year, its not gonna help it this time either.Its just making Social Security go deeper in the red than it already is. "

    The lead actuaries for the SS program disagree. CNN would do well to not sweep their public comments on the subject under the rug. What's that? The sound of a rug being lifted? Watch how fast CNN fails to report on what the actuaries have said...blink...oops you missed it.

    December 19, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    [ EDIT ]....the votes are taking place in such a way that no Republicans are [not] forced to violate their Grover "No new taxes" Norquist pledges......

    December 19, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Gurgi

    Reid being an obstructionist, who'ld a thunk it! But of course since it is a democrat throwing a monkey wrench into the works, it gets a pass from the liberals, in fact,,,,,its the "repubs" fault!!!!! Just like their dem president, its always someone else's fault. More proof that there is one standard for liberals and a different standard for everyone else.

    December 19, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Dean

    The Quote of the Decade:
    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.
    It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills.
    It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies.
    Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally.
    Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.'
    Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.
    America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

    December 19, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Dean

    Two month extension is a joke Harry. Solve the thing now and quit worrying about being home for Christmas.

    December 19, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Logic in LA

    Obviously even the liberal posters to this site think that anytime a Dem says no it's a good thing. As a liberal, I agree with Boehner- why two months? It is too short,will basically cause disruption with the accounting of every business in the country and is a waste of time.
    Either make it longer or come up with something better now. Stop this nonsense

    December 19, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Boomer in Mo

    Pull the cap off social security contributions which is at $106,800 and it's paid for, easily, even if you reduce the contribution to 1 or 2 percent beyond that artificial cap set during the Reagan years with no tie to inflation. And I doubt those making six figure or higher incomes will be horribly inconvenienced.

    December 19, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Re Tarded Dominicant Mama - If dems wanted revenue, why didn't they let this "tax holiday" expire...if they wanted more revenue, why keep extending the obama tax cuts...

    Because the Democrats started out trying to pay for this by shifting the tax burden to, yes, you guessed it, "the evil rich 1%". It was nothing more but an opportunity to try to steal more and more from one group to give a free ride to another. This has become the hallmark of Democrat politics. They've pretty much become a communist party clone with their marxist redistribution, centralized Washington control BS.

    December 19, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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