Payroll Tax Cuts, Unemployment Benefits Extension Still Under Talks

By: KKTV/AP
By: KKTV/AP

Congress could approve a $1 trillion spending measure in order to prevent a government shutdown this weekend.

Negotiators reached a deal late Thursday night. It's expected to be approved Friday.

A deal on a $1 trillion spending bill was reached after Republicans agreed to drop language that would have blocked President Barack Obama's liberalized rules on people who visit and send money to relatives in Cuba. But a GOP provision will stay in the bill thwarting an Obama administration rule on energy efficiency standards that critics argued would make it hard for people to purchase inexpensive incandescent light bulbs.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says lawmakers are still working on a plan to renew the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for another year. With bipartisan consensus hard to come by in the 112th Congress, Reid says they are working on a two-month extension for both as a "plan B."

Not surprisingly, Republicans and Democrats disagree on how a year-long extension should be paid for. A Democratic aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the two-month extension on the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits was under strong consideration to buy further time.

Democrats and Republicans also disagree on how long unemployment benefits should be extended, with Obama championing an extension of 99 weeks and House Republicans seeking 20 weeks less. Obama has argued that 3.3 million would be lose their benefits under the Republican plan.

Without an extension on the payroll tax cut, most Americans will find their paycheck smaller.


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  • by zaaa Location: va on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    p in colorado you real dumb its for sure you never been there place like where i live theres 1 mc ds 1 food lion there not hirering any one so there is no fast food job to get i would take a fast food job asap you think people like have no food no close to ware ant no one who would not take a fast food job 1 would work 2 of them i would clean bathrooms there no one to get i hope you never have to tell your kids why they cant have moore food close with out holes so you should shut up you could never under stand ya people ant vac on 156.00 a wk
  • by Noganav Location: Calif on Dec 16, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    It is becoming more and more clear all of the time that the Republicans are all about the rich getting richer and couldn't care less about the middle class. Before you beat down your fellow working American for using a full 99 weeks of UI, you JUST MIGHT want to start counting the dollars that went to the banks and large companies, many of which paid MILLIONS to SINGLE individuals of our tax money. Yet we get our hate on for our fellow American for getting $300 a week to buy gas and food while they look for a job in this wonderful economy. We are mere rats fighting on a kings table at midnight over a few crumbs. What fools we have become.
  • by P Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    MAYBE... republicans just believe that it is understandable when something bad happens or goes wrong and people need temporary assistance, BUT at some point they need to get back on their feet, whether it be by working at mcdonalds or selling those tvs and computers that are unnessesary. The working people of america cannot support the un-working forever just because most of them take unemployment as a vacation and not as a temporary help while looking for a new job. I am not saying its not hard to find a job nowadays because god knows thats the truth, but I think people are being way to selective in their job searches. If you truely are flat broke than flip burgers, clean houses, whatever will bring in money. People are just way too entitled today and if someone is giving them free money why would they have the motivation to look for a job!!!
  • by Bart Location: NJ on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    HOW CAN PEOPLE VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS EVEN IF THEY ARE RICH THE REPUBLICANS SEEM TO ONLY WANT TO HURT THE POOR PEOPLE ALL THE TIME, WHAT IS IT WITH THEM. THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN BLESSED WITH BEING RICH LEAVE US ALONE AND GIVE US THE LITTLE SCRAPS WE DESERVE, INSTEAD OF USING IT TO HOLD OVER OUR HEADS TO GET WHAT YOU WANT TO MAKE EVEN MORE MONEY FOR YOURSELVES. HAVE SOME SHAME AND THE ONLY THING I CAN HOPE IS YOU JOIN THE RANKS OF THE POOR PEOPLE OUT HERE TODAY AND CHANGE YOUR TUNE WHEN LOOKING FOR HELP TO FEED 'your' KIDS AND FAMILY.
  • by Van Location: RI on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    I wonder what they're talking about... It's not that hard. "Yay" or "Nay" Republicans can care less if they put the people they screwed over on the streets.
  • by Cindy Location: Ohio on Dec 16, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    I cannot believe this government will continue to keep holding families by a string with this. I have worked all my life since i was old enought to have a paper route - now i seek unemployment once in my life and now at a holiday season cannot even enjoy it because of the worry this is causing me............ completely unfair - single mother with two children - no child support AND THEY CAN'T MAKE A DECISION???????????????? maybe they should put theirselves in our shoes and see how that would feel!!!
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