Boehner To Senate: Let's Bargain On Payroll Tax

By: AP
By: AP
The President is calling on the Speaker of the House that he is willing to work on a full-year extension of a payroll tax cut if the House passes a short-term extension.

AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has told House Speaker John Boehner he is committed to starting work immediately on a full-year extension of payroll tax cuts if the House passes a short-term compromise.

Boehner called Obama Thursday morning. The White House says Obama told the speaker that the only viable option for preventing the tax cuts from expiring at the end of the year is for the House to pass a two-month extension.

The Senate overwhelmingly approved the two-month extension last week. But the House has refused to approve the measure, saying it preferred a full one-year extension.


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  • by Anti-Obama Voter Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    @thomas - Can you please explain to everyone how the Dems passing a tax cut that covers an entire two month period is more help than the Repblicans passing the same tax cut to cover a year? The Dems are trying to play games with our money again. Anytime the Dems use the phrase "tax cut" you can be guaranteed that it is a lie, or being used to leverage a tax increase later. From what I have read on your post's, you are the "professional" twit here!
  • by thomas Location: cs on Dec 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    Republicans are more than willing to raise taxes on the Working Class, they only care about the Filthy Rich!
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      by Common Sense on Dec 22, 2011 at 06:35 PM in reply to thomas
      Hey "thomas", wipe the Kool-Aide off your upper lip.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    No more extensions on anything; As an example, the Senate has used continuing resolutions for not passing a budget for three years. Talk about "do-nothings" it's the Democrats stonewalling, not the Tea Party members of Congress. If we can get more Tea Partiers elected we can make Harry Reid the Senate MINORITY leader. Then Congress can get something constructive done.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    No use arguing over a system that is about to collapse.
  • by Debbie Location: C/S on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    The Senate Dems are holding the middle class hostage as the better deal is the House's Repubs. There should be NO Compromise to further the Dems and their figurehead in the Chief's office: Do The Will Of the People, Not the Few in Office!!
  • by Common Sense on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    The House passed a bill for ONE year and sent it to the Senate. The Senate CHANGED it to TWO MONTHS!!!! Why? So the knuckle heads can do this again in Feb????? The Republicans did the right thing, not the Dems.
  • by db on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    The two month extension passed the Senate 89 to 10. This was clearly bipartisan. What is the House GOP so afraid of? Why are they blocking the vote? The Dems are giving them a tax cut and they won't even vote on it. Pathetic. Who would have thought the Dems were the best shot at getting a tax cut. I would prefer the cut as being long term, or heck, permanent. But, don't let taxes go up because the Tea Party is ticked at Obama.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    Prepare for martial law and another depression
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