Skip to comments.House agrees payroll tax deal as Republicans cave in to Obama
Posted on 12/22/2011 2:32:54 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
House speaker John Boehner is set to sign an offer from Obama to accelerate negotiations.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have capitulated in the showdown over the payroll tax, handing Barack Obama an important victory going into election year.
Under pressure from other senior Republicans for blocking a bill that would extend tax cuts to millions of Americans, the House speaker, John Boehner, is backing away from his insistence that any deal must cover a full year.
A deal agreed by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate on Saturday covers two months, to allow further negotiations in January. It appears that Boehner will sign up to an offer from Obama to accelerate these negotiations.
The deal means that, after a year of humiliation at the hands of congressional Republicans who have repeatedly threatened to close down the federal government, Obama is close to a much-needed victory.
The decisive moment came when ther Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, after days of silence, lined up behind Barack Obama and the Democrats.
Boehner was blocking passage of a bill that would extend tax breaks to 160 million Americans, a measure introduced by Obama last year to help stimulate the US economy. If the bill is not passed by 31 December, American taxpayers face cuts in their pay of an average of $40 every two weeks. About 1.3 million people stand to lose unemployment benefit.
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Gas prices keep going up so now we have $40. to pay higher fuel prices. Do they think we are all stupid?
Boehner needs to be primaried!
WHen you hear “unanimous consent” you know American has been reamed again.
This could explain why Gingrich could say that they should give in, and also say that he supported Boehner, and not be lying about either. Maybe he knew this is what was coming.
The key will be to see if he denounces Boehner for this. If he does, it will prove that the stories yesterday were false, that he really DID want the house to stand up. If he says nothing more, it will show that he was simply signalling a strategy that we are now seeing.
And so it goes...I’m very worried about the Marxist/Muslim beint re-elected in 2012
Here’s an idea pick the best person for the job(speaker and what ever that god mode thing is in the senate)) and stop picking them just because they are senior
If practice makes perfect, they've reached the goal.
They got elected didn't they?
Boehner screws the pooch again, in broad daylight.
You people have two choices:
Progressive social democrats = collectivism NOW
GOP = collectivism Tomorrow
First...why is it that the UK press is on top of this? Second, what happened to the XL Keystone pipeline approval being tied to this? And third, can we please say “Madam Speaker, Bachman?”
God help the RNC robocallers who call me thonite or this weekend. I’m into my bottle of Tullamore Dew. Steam has been coming out of my ears all week, more than usual. We need a very big broom. God, I despise these people.
All of you, remember this. A third party means certain re-election for obama. A third party in 2008 would have meant certain election for obama. Oh, wait a minute! We all held our noses and voted for mccain and still got obama. How the hell did that happen? sarc
Thank you WSJ, John McCain, Scott Brown, Steve Schmidt and Mitch McConnell for knee-capping your own side at the most crucial moment.
We’ll get ‘em next time, though! (cough, cough). Now just tell us where to send those checks...
"I fought the good fight.
The Press will say good things about me, now.
Go away. Don't make me cry."
Raise the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion? Sure.
Continue initial funding for the implementation of Obamacare? Of course.
Stick around Washington looking like absolute chumps while the Senate goes home for the holidays? No problem.
It was exactly this type of weakness that got them voted out of office in the first place.
If we can afford higher gas prices then by God we can afford higher taxes to support government.
I think the House was trying to do the right thing, but once the Senate adjourned, it was game over. PR disaster for sure.
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