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House rejects payroll tax cut; Obama's vacation on hold
Star Advertiser ^ | December 20, 2011 | House rejects payroll tax cut; Obama's vacation on hold

Posted on 12/20/2011 4:27:54 PM PST by NCjim

WASHINGTON >>The House rejected legislation to extend a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for two months, drawing a swift rebuke from President Barack Obama that Republicans were threatening higher taxes on 160 million workers on Jan. 1.

Obama, in an appearance in the White House briefing room after the House vote today, said the two-month compromise is the only way to stop payroll taxes from going up by two percentage points.

"Now let's be clear," Obama said in a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room. "The bipartisan compromise that was reached on Saturday is the only viable way to prevent a tax hike on January 1st. The only one."

Obama said failure to pass the Senate version of the payroll tax cut extension could endanger the U.S. economic recovery, which he described as "fragile but moving in the right direction."

House Republicans controlling the chamber want instead immediate negotiations on a year-long plan with the Senate — where the top Democrat again ruled out talks until the House passes the stopgap measure.

"President Obama needs to call on Senate Democrats to go back into session ... and resolve this bill as soon as possible," said House Speaker Boehner, R-Ohio. "I need the president to help out."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obamavacation; spendingbill

1 posted on 12/20/2011 4:28:00 PM PST by NCjim
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To: NCjim

Any chance of a snow storm in DC ?

(I know there’s a sh*tstorm in the white house this evening,)


2 posted on 12/20/2011 4:29:41 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: NCjim

what are we? 950 days without a Dem Senate budget? good luck getting those bums back from their yacht clubs.


3 posted on 12/20/2011 4:29:41 PM PST by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: NCjim

Thank God Mooch was smart enough to get an early flight out, or she’d be stuck in that rat hole too.


4 posted on 12/20/2011 4:33:14 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: NCjim
So glad that M.O.’s vacation has not been interrupted.

/s

5 posted on 12/20/2011 4:35:03 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: NCjim

Who understands why the Dems want 2 months?


6 posted on 12/20/2011 4:35:40 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: NCjim

Go pubs, keep them there till New Years if you have to.

I love the sound of sqealing democrats, it’s music to
my ears.


7 posted on 12/20/2011 4:36:32 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Irish Eyes

Shelly’ll keep a light on for him...


8 posted on 12/20/2011 4:39:40 PM PST by bigbob
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To: maine yankee
Any chance of a snow storm in DC ?

Does a bear defacate in the timberland?

Does a frog have a watertight bunghole?

Does Moochelle have a huge @ss?

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What the heck? The Wide Load Wookie is wining and dining in Waikiki, 5500 miles away.

Barry and the "boys" are celebratin' Chicago style

9 posted on 12/20/2011 4:40:42 PM PST by digger48
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To: NCjim

Honestly, I think Boehner is fighting a losing battle. He’s really doing damage to the GOP over this. Does this make sense to anyone? He’s right, but he’s not going to win and BO will take this all the way to reelection.


10 posted on 12/20/2011 4:43:45 PM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: maine yankee
Any chance of a snow storm in DC ?

You can bet there is in the white hut but it's not the frozen rain type of snow.

11 posted on 12/20/2011 4:46:01 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Reagan69
A 2 month extension will not help the business climate. There is way to much uncertainty
12 posted on 12/20/2011 4:47:20 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Reagan69

You’re exactly right. The media will constantly say the republicans are raising taxes on the middle class and won’t raise taxes on the wealthy. And, sadly, all those idiots who watch John Stewart will believe it.

The republicans simply can’t learn how to be in charge. It tells me they may look and act smart, but......I have to wonder if they even realized Jackson-Lee was wrong about the flag being planted on Mars.


13 posted on 12/20/2011 4:48:25 PM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: NCjim

FNC’s Shemp was just blasting the GOP over not passing this bill today and warned us that some “poll” shows that the “independents” trust Barry Soetoro on taxes more than they do the Republicans. Doomsday for the GOP according to Shemp. In his next story, he bragged about the stock market being up over 300 points today. Ummmm. I don’t get it.


14 posted on 12/20/2011 4:48:54 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: NCjim
Jason Chaffetz - R- Utah - responds to the 'whys' of the HofR rejecting this bill on the Newshour last evening. Video is on his homepage.....

http://www.chaffetz.house.gov/

15 posted on 12/20/2011 4:48:54 PM PST by BossLady (Where There's A Shill...There's A Pay.......)
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To: BossLady

There was 1 republican who knew how to steer the Political Conversation and get things done: House Speaker Newt Gingrich.


16 posted on 12/20/2011 4:54:24 PM PST by princess leah
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To: Terry Mross; Reagan69

Offered the choice of a 12 month extension or no extension you think the Senate or Obama would profit by choosing no extension?

I don’t think they can say no. We won’t get everything in our bill but we’ll get more than is in the Senate bill.


17 posted on 12/20/2011 4:56:03 PM PST by mrsmith (Start electing a 'Tea Party' Majority Leader in 2012 now!)
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To: Reagan69

The election is many months away and anyone so intellectually challenged as to be unable to see through the democrats argument is also unlikely to have a memory span that long. The Senate Republicans are the villain in this matter.


18 posted on 12/20/2011 4:59:08 PM PST by etcb
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To: InterceptPoint

The Dem’s 2 month bill is paid for with fees that have broad support- no cuts.

When it runs out they’ll be able to frame the debate “taxes on the rich or else...”.

And then we won’t be able to say no.


19 posted on 12/20/2011 5:00:32 PM PST by mrsmith (Start electing a 'Tea Party' Majority Leader in 2012 now!)
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To: mrsmith

The Republicans are getting killed on this issue. Of all the issues to stake out your position on, this is the absolute worst thing I can think of.

Obama is getting a big break on this and the Republicans are looking like Scrooge.

Way to make a economic point and at the same time lose the support of the majority of working people.

Political reality is a bitch.


20 posted on 12/20/2011 5:03:27 PM PST by spandau-guard
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To: spandau-guard

If we don’t get the 12 month extension it’ll be a disaster.

Otherwise people seeing that little extra in their check each week will be thanking us.

Of course the media will do what it can. Some people getting that cut will know where it came from.


21 posted on 12/20/2011 5:19:12 PM PST by mrsmith (Start electing a 'Tea Party' Majority Leader in 2012 now!)
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To: Minn
One suspects that this was the plan all along.

Mister Obama planned an unusually long vacation in order to (intentionally) cut it short so as to make him seem like a victim/hero.

In other words, I suspect theatrics and deceit. It's really all they know.

.

22 posted on 12/20/2011 5:23:38 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: NCjim

If MO and the girls are in Hawaii, maybe Barak can have some of his butt buddies over for the holidays.


23 posted on 12/20/2011 5:24:50 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: princess leah
There was 1 republican who knew how to steer the Political Conversation and get things done: House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

That is why I totally support Gingrich. He has the guts and the inside knowledge to rip Democrats and RINO Republicans a new one and get the House business done.

24 posted on 12/20/2011 5:28:00 PM PST by Logical me
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To: NCjim

Plan to have housing industry pay for payroll tax cut passes Senate

Two-month extension would be funded by tacking extra fees onto Fannie and Freddie mortgages

http://www­.housingzo­ne.com/bus­iness/plan­-have-hous­ing-indust­ry-pay-pay­roll-tax-c­ut-passes-­senate


25 posted on 12/20/2011 5:40:41 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: NCjim

The real ‘beauty’ here is when The House passed a bill Reid was able to say “DOA”.
So the pResident and Press got to say the R’s were stonewalling.
When The House said the Senate should maybe come back to ‘discuss’ the reasoning behind 2 months, again Reid say No way I am recalling and the pResident and Press again accuse the R’s of being uncooperative.

Am I (or we) missing something hear? Or is Reid calling ALL the shots?


26 posted on 12/20/2011 5:47:28 PM PST by xrmusn ((6/98) EGOIST - A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me. A. Bierce)
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To: NCjim

All the GOP has to say is that their bill offers 6 times the relief. Your move RATs.


27 posted on 12/20/2011 5:56:13 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Either Obama can beat any GOP candidate or no GOP candidate.)
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To: NCjim

“Now let’s be clear,”

Drink.


28 posted on 12/20/2011 5:57:39 PM PST by dk88 (Occupy=Liberalism: No solutions, no responsibility and demanding free stuff from someone else)
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To: InterceptPoint
Who understands why the Dems want 2 months?

They want an issue that keeps on giving. Trying to raise taxes on the wealthy.

29 posted on 12/20/2011 6:01:31 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Either Obama can beat any GOP candidate or no GOP candidate.)
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To: Reagan69

Reid $X < Boehner $6X even Democrats can understand that.


30 posted on 12/20/2011 6:07:25 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Either Obama can beat any GOP candidate or no GOP candidate.)
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To: spandau-guard

I’m not sure why you think the Republicans are getting killed. The House already passed a bill with a 12 month tax cut. The Rat led Senate’s bill only has a two month tax cut, which is nearly impossible for employers to program into their payroll software.

I grant you that message is not getting out because Boehner is an idiot. Things would be much better if Newt were still Speaker.


31 posted on 12/20/2011 7:00:01 PM PST by BigBobber
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To: NCjim

I think that most people miss this point. It’s not exactly 2% for 2 months. People usually figure interest on a yearly basis or Annual Percent Rate (APR).
Let’s do the math. 2% for 2 months or 2/12 of a year! That’s a little more than .16% APR.


32 posted on 12/20/2011 8:27:41 PM PST by encm(ss)
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To: xrmusn

Am I (or we) missing something hear? Or is Reid calling ALL the shots?
+++++++++++++++
You’re close. Your observation that the Dems always look the good guy is also correct, but it is the MSM that is calling the shots - and Harry Reid knows they have his back.


33 posted on 12/20/2011 8:39:17 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: mrsmith

If the dems don’t cave and the republicans stand their ground, the tax break goes away and the republicans get the blame for raising taxes. And I truly believe the dems would do it because they sure as hell don’t care about anything but campaign issues to get obama re-elected.

If the republicans cave and they pass a 60 day extension there’s no way the dems can come back and vote against a year. If they did, they’d be taking responsibility for the tax hike.


34 posted on 12/20/2011 11:37:37 PM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: NCjim

YES! This is what I’ve been waiting to hear. Obama does not get to go to Hawaii for any of the 17 days. Really? I hope some of the Republicans can stay in DC and wait him out. I saw the interuption of the press conference this afternoon when te Won pushed aside his press sec to tell us all how it will be. I can’t wait for tomorrow.


35 posted on 12/21/2011 12:00:05 AM PST by tinamina
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