Bluff called: House defies Obama veto threat, passes payroll cut extension with Keystone pipeline provision

posted at 8:36 pm on December 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

234-193, a mostly but not entirely party-line vote. The payroll tax is going to be extended, rest assured, but right now we’re still in the kabuki phase where each side tries to maneuver the other into a difficult/embarrassing negotiating position to help with its campaign messaging later. Last week it was Obama’s turn to claim that the GOP hates the middle class or whatever because it wouldn’t agree to a payroll-tax extension coupled with a new surtax on millionaires. Today it’s the GOP’s turn to claim that Obama hates jobs because he won’t agree to a payroll-tax extension coupled with a provision that would speed up approval of the Keystone oil pipeline. Which, of course, is a dastardly lie: The One doesn’t hate jobs, he simply hates anything that might get in the way of his reelection. And if that means taking a pass on creating thousands of new positions in the energy industry in order to appease environmentalists, then hey.

“The American people want jobs,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “This is as close to a shovel-ready project as you’re ever going to see. This is exactly the description of the kind of jobs plans that the president says he wants to enact.”

The House approved the bill, 234-193, Tuesday night. Ten Democrats joined 224 Republicans in backing the bill…

The Obama administration said last month it was postponing a decision on the pipeline until after next year’s election. Officials said the delay is needed to study routes that avoid environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska…

Democrats said the pipeline provision did not belong in the bill. Among other provisions, the bill would extend benefits for the long-term unemployed.

“To hold the American people that are suffering hostage is just plain wrong,” said Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.

Obama threatened to veto this thing if it reaches his desk, but Senate Democrats will almost certainly make sure that doesn’t happen. Still, a useful talking point for Newt or Mitt (or Ron?) next year: So deep in the tank is O for the green lobby that not only will he turn down a new job-creating energy project, he’ll actually sacrifice a tax-cut extension for the middle class to do so.

Kudos to CNN, by the way, for this spintastic piece wondering just how many jobs the Keystone pipeline would create. Would it really be in excess of 100,000, or just a few thousand here and there? I didn’t realize Recovery Winter had already succeeded so wildly that we can afford to turn down projects because they don’t create enough jobs. The things you miss while you’re on vacation.

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Not unrelated, but I’m not sure if I wouldn’t welcome an Iranian confrontation that results in $200/barrel+ oil with skyrocketing gas prices.

It wouldn’t last *terribly* long, and while it would be bad for folks and the economy, it *might* get people to finally pull their heads out of their butts long enough to commit to some serious domestic energy production as a matter of national security, rather than hoping longingly for a unicorn-fart-driven/tax-boondoggle energy policy instead.

Midas on December 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM

SUCK IT BARRY

400lb Gorilla on December 13, 2011 at 8:42 PM

I don’t know how to grab the stuff you guys say, strike words, and fix them for you. (I’m waiting for the kids to get home from school, and show me how during Christmas break) In this case…I might get banned and I would hate that, since I just got in!
But….can I take the
S out…and put an F there…and let gorilla know I fixed it for him?

THANKS!

KOOLAID2 on December 13, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Frankly, the most disappointing thing about the Republicans’ stewardship of the House so far has been the lack of more moments like this.

Conservatives and squishes can agree to disagree about the wisdom and importance of showdowns like the Ryan Plan and the Debt Ceiling, but there should be no fractiousness on the value of passing bills, as often and loudly as possible, on issues where the public is on the GOP’s side and opposed to Obama’s ideology.

This bill, or one on a related issue, should be delivered to Obama’s table every morning with his Cornflakes. If Harry blocks it in the Senate, it should at least go through the news cycle three or four times before next year. It’s the advantage of having firm control of the House: the ability to drive the national conversation and either permit good policies or explain to the public why he opposes them.

HitNRun on December 13, 2011 at 10:25 PM

The payroll tax is going to be extended, rest assured,

Excuse me, but doesn’t that payroll tax fund people’s Social-Security accounts?

Why are the Democrats against funding those accounts?

What do they have against Social-Security?

Chip on December 13, 2011 at 10:26 PM

If Boehner was smart, he’d adjourn and tell everyone he’s done his job, tell his members to go home and tell Harry Reid to pass a budget, as required by law and then, when he’s done that, they’ll work it out in conference.

bflat879 on December 13, 2011 at 10:39 PM

“To hold the American people that are suffering hostage is just plain wrong,” said Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.

As is stuffing your freezer with bricks of payola cash…..right chuckie?

Tim_CA on December 13, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Still, a useful talking point for Newt or Mitt (or Ron?) next year: So deep in the tank is O for the green lobby that not only will he turn down a new job-creating energy project, he’ll actually sacrifice a tax-cut extension for the middle class to do so.

Not funny bro.

Tim_CA on December 13, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Oops,Hopey says he will VETO it?!
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White House: President would veto House GOP version of payroll tax cut extension – AP
9 Hrs.ago
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on December 13, 2011 at 10:59 PM

canopfor on December 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM
heh

cmsinaz on December 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM

cmsinaz:—-:)

canopfor on December 13, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Anything that bitch-slaps the SCOAF is alright in my books.
What isn’t alright is that startlingly creepy pic…

NorthernEx on December 13, 2011 at 11:10 PM

So deep in the tank is O for the green lobby that not only will he turn down a new job-creating energy project, he’ll actually sacrifice a tax-cut extension for the middle class to do so.

Union masters, where are you, fools?

Union lambs/sheeple, where are you?

Obama hates you.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Yes! Take it to this POS at every opportunity. I have three years of pent up frustration. Can’t wait until next November.

I’m not pleased about extending the payroll tax break (not a true tax break since I believe it’s a direct payment for Social Security), but I want Barry to choke on the people’s will. Approve of the freakin’ pipeline now, Barry!

Call this guy’s bluff whenever possible…conservatives need to fight as if the future of our republic rests in the balance! I believe it does.

Don’t fold at the threat of veto…make him follow through. Keep sending him good legislation to veto. At this point, I take comfort in his failures. Barry’s failures mean his scorched earth is slowed.

P.S. Shut it, Rangel!

freedomfirst on December 13, 2011 at 11:57 PM

The Obama administration said last month it was postponing a decision on the pipeline until after next year’s election.

So can we assume then that the Obamadmin won’t be making a decision at all since after next year’s election in 328 days he’ll be a lame duck and certainly won’t want to help any of us then–he’ll be too busy pouting. 404 days and counting to OFU: Obama-Free USA.

stukinIL4now on December 14, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Not unrelated, but I’m not sure if I wouldn’t welcome an Iranian confrontation that results in $200/barrel+ oil with skyrocketing gas prices.

It wouldn’t last *terribly* long, and while it would be bad for folks and the economy, it *might* get people to finally pull their heads out of their butts long enough to commit to some serious domestic energy production as a matter of national security, rather than hoping longingly for a unicorn-fart-driven/tax-boondoggle energy policy instead.

Midas on December 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Remember this administration’s slogan? “Never let a crisis go to waste.” If the price of oil shot up, they would use that to push through major new green energy initiatives. “It’s a matter of national security!”

Gas shot up past $4/gal in 2008 — a price which seemed unbelievable a few years earlier. Remember all the politicians screaming for more domestic energy production? Me neither.

Splashman on December 14, 2011 at 12:41 AM

It’s all a game with this republican house. Obama proposes something that works for the middle class and once they see that thing is popular, they agree with a show stopper caveat.

And this country is so divided to the extent that everything is now viewed through the prism of which party or ideological group wins or loses an argument.

Have they ever asked themselves what if the pubs win the senate and the WH next year? So what? Are they so naive to think the dems wont be filibustering every policy they try to enact? It’s getting more difficult everyday to differentiate our government from the ones in those third world countries.

Uppereastside on December 14, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Harry Reid will not allow this to be brought up for a vote in the Senate because it will pass if it comes to a vote. Taking back the Senate next year is critical.

BBReggie on December 14, 2011 at 7:27 AM

They see him bow to dictators and commie thugs, humiliated by 13th century mullahs and get his pocket picked by terror havens and sham democracies everywhere…why shouldn’t his own Congress play back at him? They might even see their approval rate up-tick a point or two from the low teens. The US House, a popularly-elected assembly, paying heed to public opinion, fancy that.

curved space on December 14, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Uppereastside on December 14, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Yes, they need to work with the President for the public good, like the minority Democrats did from 2001-2006…oh, wait….

VelvetElvis on December 14, 2011 at 7:43 AM

“The Obama administration said last month it was postponing a decision on the pipeline until after next year’s election. Officials said the delay is needed to study routes that avoid environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska…”

Right! Translate that to mean “If we okay this before the election, we’ll lose the green vote and then where will we be?”

This is a shovel ready, energy supply boosting project that would get us weaned off OPEC and Venezuelan oil while creating thousands of jobs directly and even more in support.

joated on December 14, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Right when the Keystone decision debacle occurred, the industry I’m in was threatened by the Justice Department, enforcing a regulation that doesn’t exist, telling us that we had to reduce emissions and dust by 95%. all scientists in our field have said the technology does not exist to do what they want. This Prez’s admin is just trying to take us deep deep deep into the hell that is socialism.

thehawl on December 14, 2011 at 9:55 AM

kabuki phase where each side tries to maneuver the other into a difficult/embarrassing negotiating position to help with its campaign messaging later.

That would be the part where Democrat trash has to appeal to their voters, blocking anything and everything that would actually move this country forward, economically speaking.

MNHawk on December 14, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Whatever happed to “compromise”? The tax cut bill is what Obama wants. The pipeline is what he doesn’t want. So let’s compromise. Obama needs to sign the bill. He gets the tax cut he wants and we get the pipeline we want.

Oh, wait, these are democrats. Their idea of compromise is “do things my way”, My bad; I apologize.

gasmeterguy on December 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

This is an excellent move by Boehner and the House Republicans, although why did some of them vote against this?

Harry Reid could block a vote on this in the Senate, but those who favor extension of the payroll tax cut could ask him why he refused to consider this option. In addition, the proposed pipeline would pass through Montana and Nebraska, where two vulnerable Democrat Senators (Tester in MT, Ben Nelson in NE) are up for re-election, and their Republican challengers could campaign against them by saying they will vote FOR the pipeline and create jobs in those states. The proposed pipeline would also connect to an existing pipeline leading into Missouri, home of vulnerable Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill.

The Presidential candidates (not only Gingrich and Romney, but also Rick Perry) need to campaign on the need for the pipeline, and that they would approve it if elected. They can also campaign on the need to re-take the Senate, so that job-creating proposals voted through the House don’t die in the Senate.

Steve Z on December 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

I say we need to call this clown’s bluff more often. Hold his feet to the fire and make him defend his positions. It’s time for some offense against the left.

neyney on December 14, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Whatever happed to “compromise”? The tax cut bill is what Obama wants. The pipeline is what he doesn’t want. So let’s compromise. Obama needs to sign the bill. He gets the tax cut he wants and we get the pipeline we want.

Oh, wait, these are democrats. Their idea of compromise is “do things my way”, My bad; I apologize.

gasmeterguy on December 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

O-bupkis doesn’t WANT a tax cut, he wants to run on the fact that the GOP killed the tax cut in favor of millionaires and billionaires. He only supports legislation he knows cannot pass.

carson53 on December 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM

but right now we’re still in the kabuki phase where each side tries to maneuver the other into a difficult/embarrassing negotiating position to help with its campaign messaging later.

And this helps how?

openeyes67 on December 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Hooray, Republicans finally realized some courage.

kaclrc on December 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM

I say we need to call this clown’s bluff more often. Hold his feet to the fire and make him defend his positions. It’s time for some offense against the left.

neyney on December 14, 2011

°^°
That. The best defense is a good offense.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on December 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

It’s about time Congress started pushing back against the Obama regime. If only they’d started doing it sooner.

RebeccaH on December 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

If Boehner was smart, he’d adjourn and tell everyone he’s done his job, tell his members to go home and tell Harry Reid to pass a budget, as required by law and then, when he’s done that, they’ll work it out in conference.

bflat879 on December 13, 2011 at 10:39 PM

I like this as an option, however we all know Boehner will fold like an origami swan. I have little faith in that man.

Reid will not pass a budget while BHO is in office (my prediction) I beileve this is unconstitutional and he should be held accountable. Not gonna happen any time soon.

D-fusit on December 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I didn’t realize Recovery Winter had already succeeded so wildly that we can afford to turn down projects because they don’t create enough jobs.

I think what they don’t like about those jobs is they don’t require any of the taxpayer’s money to create. Imagine the scandal if word got out that jobs could be created without federal funds!

taznar on December 14, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Better be getting that veto pen ready Mr. Hope-N-Change, It’s time to man up to your own words and again look like a total Jack@ss to which you should be rather use to by now.

RiCkY.D. on December 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM

It’s all a game with this republican house. Obama proposes something that works for the middle class and once they see that thing is popular, they agree with a show stopper caveat.

I assure you it is NO GAME. We sent them there to do a job. Stop the madness. Theya re doing just that. Though I would be interested in any Reps that did not vote for this or the balanced budget bill. They can GO!

landowner on December 14, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Aha! Put that in your pipeline and smoke it, Mr. President!

Pablo Snooze on December 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Is this pipeline a “shovel ready job”???

Just asking..

Lenguado on December 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM

If this bill only had another 400 trillion in “spending” for shovel ready jobs, no matter how small of a number, this would have passed with a blink of an eye and a huge majority of D’s on board.

Still, a useful talking point for Newt or Mitt (or Ron?) next year: So deep in the tank is O for the green lobby that not only will he turn down a new job-creating energy project, he’ll actually sacrifice a tax-cut extension for the middle class to do so.

You really think that Mittens or old man will take advantage of this? Heck no…. and if they do it will be ignored by the media. To be honest, if Bambie vetoes this, all the pubs should be yelling about this from the mountain tops, but we all know, for the most part the people we have in the party have no backbone

watertown on December 14, 2011 at 10:00 PM

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