Skip to comments.Breaking: House GOP agrees to Senate’s two-month payroll-tax bill (McConnell’s blueprint)
Posted on 12/22/2011 1:50:50 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Just across from National Journal. Our dumb national nightmare is over.
House Republicans on Thursday crumpled under the weight of White House and public pressure and have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the 2 percent payroll-tax cut, Republican and Democratic sources told National Journal…
The House will pass the two-month extension with a technical correction to the language designed to minimize difficulties businesses might experience implementing the short-term, two-month tax cut extension.
In exchange, Reid agreed to appoint several Senate Democrats to start negotiating with the House on a full-year payroll-tax holiday extension, which is right in line with McConnell’s blueprint from this morning. Updates are coming but let’s get this up since news is breaking. Two questions to mull while we wait. One: Does the “technical correction” mentioned by National Journal mean the Senate will have to return and pass the House’s version of the bill? I thought the House was under pressure to pass the Senate bill precisely because the upper chamber wasn’t going to reconvene before New Year’s. Two: If you’re going to cave, why not take Rove’s advice and wait another week, when people will be even more distracted by the holidays? Particularly strange is that this is breaking within just a few hours of The One holding a presser to demand action with middle-class taxpayers lovingly arrayed behind him. Now it looks like even more of a capitulation than it is. Merry Christmas from the GOP, champ. Exit quotation from Philip Klein: “So instead of story being ‘Obama caves on Keystone’ it’ll be ‘GOP caves on middle class tax cut’ Great work!”
Update: The House Republican conference call on the bill is set for 5 p.m. Serious question: If he can’t muster enough GOP votes to pass this thing despite overwhelming support from Democrats, is he done as Speaker?CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO
Surrender in progress
How stupid! Why pick a fight and then give in? Now the rats look like winners.
In exchange, Reid agreed to appoint several Senate Democrats to start negotiating with the House on a full-year payroll-tax holiday extension
are they kidding ,another “Comedy Troop” being formed
The Stupid Party lives up to its name. Again.
I think John BONER needs to be shown the door.
There is no opposition party. This is sick.
The republicans always manage to let the democrats outmaneuver them and end up looking like the bad guys.
Of course with the media spinning for the democrats the republicans are always outnumbered 2 to 1.
Another "panel of experts" to brainfart the time away!
If the Democrat-Hayakawas want 2 months of stupid, I am on board /Bohner
Good for them, sticking to what they are best at and running with it! /s
As always... gutless in the end.
This way they go home early.
Even the media knows what happened.
Boener caves again.
Was there any doubt at all that the timid little geek would give in to the big bully on the corner?
My favorite saying: “The Republican party, the go along to get along party.”
I have never been wrong in saying this statement. It happens every time, over and over and over. It’s like Groundhog day.
It would be funny if we didn’t lose some of our freedoms each time they “compromised” (real meaning caved in) away any real progress they may have made.
They, alone, are responsible for the mess we now find ourselves in due to their suicidal desire to jump over the cliff as lemmings do....each and every time.
A third party is desperately needed NOW, for if we stick with the GOP (and their hand picked candidate, Romney) we will go past the point of no return and all become slaves of the Socialist government.
they’re dead to me.
OK who had 4PM today in the Boner Cave-in pool?