McCain: Payroll tax cut showdown 'harming' the GOP
December 20th, 2011
06:38 PM ET
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McCain: Payroll tax cut showdown 'harming' the GOP

(CNN) - Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday the battle on Capitol Hill between Democrats and Republicans over extending the payroll tax cut was causing damage to the GOP.

"It is harming the Republican Party," McCain said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "It is harming the view, if it's possible anymore, of the American people about Congress. And we've got to get this thing resolved."

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate called on GOP leaders to meet with Democratic leaders in the House, Senate and White House to hammer out an agreement before the tax cut expires at the end of the year.

McCain was one of 89 senators who voted Saturday to pass a Senate bill that would extend the tax reduction by two months. But House Republicans argue the short-term extension is only a band-aid, opting instead to hold out for a yearlong solution.

On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House passed a measure calling for more negotiations. House Speaker John Boehner issued a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to order the Senate back from its holiday break to engage in more talks.

"I think we have to recognize reality," McCain said. "And that is we are not going to see the payroll tax cut expire on the first of January. And we have to accommodate to that reality. It would not be fair to the American people at this time."

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Rev Mkell,

    Set. Boehner said the President was to 'order' the Senate back? Sen. Boehner is giving the President the right to order Senators around? That's new and novel! Has someone checked the Senator for a fever?

    December 21, 2011 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    McCain more worried about party damage, than the damage the GOP policies do to the middle-class. So typical.

    December 21, 2011 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  3. Larry

    they ended up putting an "earmark" in the bill, haven't you heard ?? They ( the senate) won't pass it, b/c they (the house) ended up putting a bill in there, for the people who are on "un-employment" have to take a drug test, before they can collect. I mean, where are they going to get the money for that ?

    December 21, 2011 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  4. bob

    Reid pulled a quick one, instead of DEAD ON ARRIVAL, it is we'll pass this one and RUN FAST AND FURIOUS.

    December 21, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
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