Breaking: Deal near on payroll tax cut extension? Update: 90 days?

posted at 12:00 pm on December 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Have Republicans and Democrats — or more precisely, Republicans and Republicans — resolved the standoff over the payroll tax cut extension?  Nothing is breaking on the news websites as of yet, but political reporters are all, er, atwitter over leaks that a face-saving resolution might have been reached.  The deal would have the House GOP agreeing to a 60-day extension, but the Senate agreeing to go to a conference committee after the break to resolve the differences between the House one-year extension and the Senate bill.

Ed Henry of Fox News has been tweeting about the rumors:

President basically told Boehner, if you pass two-month extension Democrats will move forward on talks over one-year deal …

This is big morning in this story: now have the outline of a deal; if Boehner passes two-month extend, Reid appoints conferees on 1-yr deal

It’s not much of a concession for Obama, but then again, he didn’t need to move much after Mitch McConnell publicly called on the House to pass the Senate bill, although he also foreshadowed the deal:

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday urged House Republicans to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, putting greater pressure on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to act.

McConnell said House passage of a Senate-approved payroll tax relief package “locks in” legislative language requiring President Obama to speed up his timetable for approving the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

The bipartisan Senate package also includes a two-month extension of unemployment benefits and a two-month freeze of scheduled cuts to doctors’ Medicare payments. The cost of the package is offset by increasing fees at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, cutting about $3 billion from the deficit.

McConnell also backed Boehner’s demand that Senate Democrats should appoint conferees to negotiate a yearlong extension of the payroll tax extension with the House.

Obama has tentatively scheduled a statement for 1 pm ET today, which sounds as if there has been a resolution … assuming Boehner can deliver it.  We’ll keep our eyes open for updates to this story.

Update: It’s being widely reported that Boehner tried to get Obama to reopen negotiations, but ended up with a refusal:

“The speaker explained his concern that flaws in the Senate-passed bill will be unworkable for many small business job creators,” an aide to the Ohio Republican said. “The president declined the speaker’s offer.”

According to the White House, Obama repeated on the phone call his belief that the “only viable option currently on the table” to prevent a tax increase for 160 million American workers is the Senate-passed, two-month extension. But Obama pledged to work with the House on a full-year extension once the Senate package is approved.

This deal is mostly a face-saving maneuver.  The only real concession is that Reid will agree to use the conference committee process rather than demand identical passage, which has some significance, but not whole lot.  It means that the GOP still have to agree to the shorter-term extension and negotiate for the one-year extension, which is precisely what was going to happen anyway.

Update II: Fox News reports that one “top House Republican” wants to compromise on a 90-day extension:

A top House Republican suggested Thursday that Congress could extend the payroll tax cut for three months as a potential compromise between the yearlong extension backed by the House and the two-month measure approved by the Senate. …

Meanwhile, Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Camp said in an interview on CNBC Thursday that a three-month extension could at least help employers with their quarterly reports.

It’s unclear whether the White House or Senate Democrats would be open to a three-month measure. Boehner too pushed back on the idea when asked about it at the GOP press conference, though he didn’t definitively rule it out. He said “nothing” can happen until House lawmakers have somebody on the Senate side with whom to negotiate.

There are two very large problems with that offer.  First, it makes minced meat out of the Republican objection to the 60-day extension over a year-long extension.  What’s the difference?  The problems cited by payroll management firms would be relatively equal between the 60- and 90-day extensions.  Second, it would mean that the Senate would have to return to pass a different bill with the 90-day extension.  If they were going to do that, the GOP could have just stuck with the demand for a one-year extension.

This is getting worse and worse for House Republicans.  If they are okay with a short-term extension, then they should pass the bipartisan Senate bill and go home already.


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mjbrooks3 on December 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

GOP CAVE IN 5….4…..3…..

Those looking to the GOP for leadership are forever the NorKors mourning their latest dead God.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16297811

Throw out EVERY SINGLE PERSON in CONGRESS!!!!
Let’s see if they get the message then.

PappyD61 on December 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

My concern is that I’ve heard that the Senate bill has a provision for increasing the mortgage insurance fee for home buyers starting January of 2012. My wife & I are in the process of buying a house (first time home buyers… what this housing market is sorely lacking).

We have enough for a decent downpayment, but not enough to cover the 20% down minimum to avoid the mortgage insurance requirement. We’re being responsible in making sure we don’t over extend ourselves financially, and taking advantage of the lower housing prices and lower interest rates. And we’re trying to keep our potential monthly numbers (mortgage, mortgage insurance, home owners insurance and property taxes) under a certain amount.

If the provision in the bill is true, then that mortgage insurance fee will increase by an additional $25-50/month. That might not mean much for these effing politicians in DC, but it means quite a lot for us.

If true, I’m pissed!!!

TrubadorMike on December 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Those costs you have been quoted for your mortgage are being heavily subsidized by all of us taxpayers now through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. All this bill does is try to recapture some of that subsidy. It’s a good idea in the long run because we have to get private business back into the secondary mortgage market, and raising the guarantee fees of the GSEs is going to help. You can also try to negotiate with your bank to not pass that fee along to you. The guarantee from the GSE helps the lender and not you anyway, so they should be paying it, not you.

rockmom on December 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Just shut it down now and let us talk amongst ourselves GOP. Go home now. Do not do a damn thing.

DanMan on December 22, 2011 at 12:49 PM

rockmom on December 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM

i wished he did it sooner when reid NEVER brought up the house passed bill (crickets chirping form the lsm) only outrage that the house didn’t bring up the senate bill

INFURIATING

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Que paper boy from Better of Dead…
“I want my 40 dollars!”

mjbrooks3 on December 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM

OT, but not really…it’s not her butt, it’s her lips. See photo inside.

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Those costs you have been quoted for your mortgage are being heavily subsidized by all of us taxpayers now through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. All this bill does is try to recapture some of that subsidy. It’s a good idea in the long run because we have to get private business back into the secondary mortgage market, and raising the guarantee fees of the GSEs is going to help. You can also try to negotiate with your bank to not pass that fee along to you. The guarantee from the GSE helps the lender and not you anyway, so they should be paying it, not you.

rockmom on December 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

You have a point. But in the end the consumer always pays these fees one way or another. Just like consumers always pay any increase in corprate taxes.

So someone buying a house will save the magical $40 a month but end up paying $50 a month in higher costs for a mortgage.

angryed on December 22, 2011 at 12:52 PM

We should push to make the payroll tax cut permanent.

BradTank on December 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I agree as long as the benefits are reduced to meet the loss of revenue. Everybody needs to have skin in the game after all.

DanMan on December 22, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2011 at 12:44 PM

heh

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 12:52 PM

This fight needs to go on till Obama hits 60% in the pools

liberal4life on December 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM

For once, you’re on to something.

The GOP will screw the entire 12′ election up before it’s over.

BacaDog on December 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM

mjbrooks3 on December 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM

lololol

classic

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM

so the keystone pipeline is back on the shelf correct?

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM

McConnell said House passage of a Senate-approved payroll tax relief package “locks in” legislative language requiring President Obama to speed up his timetable for approving the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Let’s not overreact folks.

VegasRick on December 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM

TrubadorMike on December 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM

What you should do is keep saving until you have 20% down. PMI is about the absolute worst financial decision someone can make. I’m not beating up on you personally. Just saying keep saving until you have the 20%. You’ll be much better off in the long run.

angryed on December 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM

McConnell said House passage of a Senate-approved payroll tax relief package “locks in” legislative language requiring President Obama to speed up his timetable for approving the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Let’s not overreact folks.

VegasRick on December 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM

I will eat Jetboy’s hat if Keystone is approved.

angryed on December 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Let me say this again:

———
How about we help out with this spin?

For 2012:

Obama asked for a “tax cut” of: $1000+

The House said, well, not quite, but here is what we can do: $960

Then the Senate said: No way, we’ll only give you: $160

And now it is the House’s fault for not agreeing to only $160 for the American People when they proposed $960?

It seems that they should be saying “The Senate is costing the US Taxpayer $800 next year! Yes, the Democratic Senate WANTS TO RAISE THE TAXES OF THE AVERAGE TAXPAYER $800 NEXT YEAR!!!”

(all B.S., really, but JFC!)

/sigh

And three months? Really? With April 15 just 2 weeks after it “expires” again?

What a bunch of morons…or the clueless…or the feckless…or actually, what a bunch of people who only care about themselves and NOT the American people.

ProfShadow on December 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Thanks Vegasrick

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

All this over $160.00 per taxpayer. PATHETIC.

Buy Danish on December 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I will eat Jetboy’s hat if Keystone is approved.

angryed on December 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I’ll have the pasta.

VegasRick on December 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Thanks Vegasrick

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Keystone XL is a huge issue.

VegasRick on December 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM

If they are okay with a short-term extension, then they should pass the bipartisan Senate bill and go home already.

They should just all go home and not return. The people need to pitchfork them all. Alas, the fools deserve them fully.

The land is full of whining sissies. What a land she has become!

4 more of Obama, all the way to full destruction. Nothing else will wake the morons up. All quarters deserve it fully. You know who you are or you’re too stupid to know. Either way, may he be upon you and yours.

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Are the Republicans too stupid to recognize a set-up or are they to suicidal to avoid it?

In two months everything will be back on the table, including delaying the oil pipeline and yet another unemployment extension / surplus labor provision.

Why are we increasing uncertainty and handing the President the political football?

Stephen L. Hall on December 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM

President basically told Boehner, if you pass two-month extension Democrats will move forward on talks over one-year deal …

Oh, good G*d!

They’re caving on the promise of TALKS???

This is Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown again, and again, and again, and…

They won’t learn until we vote every last one of them out of office.

stoutcat on December 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Heart warming quote of the day, courtesy of Dear Leader:

“Joseph from N.J. would have to sacrifice pizza night with his family” if not for this ‘tax cut’.”

Buy Danish on December 22, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Meanwhile, Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Camp said in an interview on CNBC Thursday that a three-month extension could at least help employers with their quarterly reports.

Steny Hoyer just brazenly lied and said employers wouldn’t be inconvenienced by a 2 month extension. Quote “It’s untrue”.

Buy Danish on December 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM

angryed on December 22, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Thank you. With the help of terms in your explanation I found this:

Section 101 of the legislation establishes a new Social Security Taxable Wage limit of $18,350. All wages in excess of $18,350 for January and February will be taxed at the old rate of 6.2%.

Are there other changes that you know of in addition to that one?

kunegetikos on December 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM

The House needs to just pass the Senate bill and then let Obama and Reid own the mess it causes for employers trying to implement it.

I’m guessing that a lot of employers will not change anything until the full one-year extension is apssed, and then rebate employees. If I were running a business that is exactly what I would do.

rockmom on December 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Those costs you have been quoted for your mortgage are being heavily subsidized by all of us taxpayers now through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. All this bill does is try to recapture some of that subsidy.
[rockmom]

That may be true, but my wife and & are the WRONG ones to have to pay for this. It is those who were irresponsible during the faux boom (1999-2006) when housing prices tripled in just eight years who should be paying this! Why are we (people who are being responsible) getting shafted and have to pay for other peoples screw-ups?

I’ll look into whether the bank will waive the extra fee (we’re hoping to be in a closing situation in the first quarter of 2012). Don’t know if we’ll be lucky enough to avoid the MI increase.

I repeat again, I’m pissed!!!

MI fee increase come Jan 1… Tax increase come April 1… No jobs and energy independence because the Keystone pipeline provision is gone (although there’s a possible eminent domain issue in that pipeline)… Possible permanence of ObamaCare come March 26-29 if Kagan doesn’t recuse herself… and Newt, Romney and Paul are the three poll leaders for the GOP nomination…

Peachy… juuuuuuuust peachy!

I repeat yet again, I’m pissed!!!

TrubadorMike on December 22, 2011 at 1:16 PM

The GOP caves and that crack you see in your celling is about to cave also…

Shain1611 on December 22, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Update II

I give up … 90 days? Really? Really? Wow! Thank you GOP, that makes it so much easier to formulate my business plan, manage my budgets and plan for the future.

Idiots!

These people deserve our comlete and total disdain. How anyone can look to government to solve any problem is completely beyond my ability to comprehend.

Lost in Jersey on December 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

This is getting worse and worse for House Republicans. If they are okay with a short-term extension, then they should pass the bipartisan Senate bill and go home already.

No, it isn’t.

The only people saying it’s “bad” for the House Republicans are people like you and the mainstream media. All my friends and average people that I’m talking to are pissed at Obama for not agreeing to a full year.

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2011 at 1:19 PM

If the Repubs cave it will be a Newt 98′ redux. It will be so over for Repubs. They need to allow the taxes to go up. They wrote a bill, the Senate changed it. Now it goes to conference. End of story. Reid/McConnell do not get to change the process because they want to go on vacation. If they cave the dem pr machine will destroy the repubs as beholding to the extreme right wing.

If the repubs can’t withstand this current push back they don’t deserve to lead. Obama will get elected with even a bigger margin.

patrick neid on December 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

There is no tax cut!
This is a temporary cut in FICA! Guess what, that money has to come back from some where.
Next year (2013) they will raise FICA to makeup for the lost money. Also, the tax on mortgages won’t be going away. Wake up people. This is a trillion dollar spending bill. All these people in the senate and house will have piled on earmarks in an effort to get re-elected.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRmZ9zH-mYM

edsjim on December 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

House GOP – please just pass the extension now, right now, and get this out of the headlines. Boehner and House Repubs are really making a mess of the payroll tax cut situation. What should have been a grand opportunity by conservatives to use the issue to argue the merits of tax cuts vs. tax hikes or point out how flawed it is to extend cuts to Social Security contributions – has now ended up as a big flaming pile of you know what.

HoosierStateofMind on December 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Section 101 of the legislation establishes a new Social Security Taxable Wage limit of $18,350. All wages in excess of $18,350 for January and February will be taxed at the old rate of 6.2%.

BTW that comes out to a salary of just over $110,000 a year. Which includes me, just barely. So now my employer has to figure out a new paycheck for me with two different FICA tax rates. My company probably has at least 2000 employees over this salary level. This is going to be a huge and costly PITA.

rockmom on December 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Drudge:
Bo flown from Hawaii for photo-op…

mjbrooks3 on December 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Thee can be no capitulation. Not now not ever. Close shop. The House’s job is to pass what it did. That’s it, session over. As a Tea Party Patriot member, I accept nothing else. If Boehner does give in one iota you now have the picture of what any other RINO would do as President. Enough is enough. Isn’t McConnell(sp) bad enough in the Senate?

MNDavenotPC on December 22, 2011 at 1:25 PM

This is just like the debt ceiling issue, the Republicans ended up negotiating with themselves. The Senate needs to get their asses kicked.

lea on December 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM

So, let me see if I understand this, the visual the Democrats want (and is supposed to be so bad for Republicans) is all these poor people who will be affected by this bill. They’re willing to trot out person after person, who they say Republicans have abandoned because they want a year extension rather than 2 months. They’re willing to trot them out, tell the world what a disaster this is, and then do absolutely nothing about it????????

I’m really not sure that’s a visual I want going into the new year. If the Republicans can’t make mince-meat out of that visual, there is no hope for the Republican Party. Of course, McConnell hasn’t helped, but still, the visual for Reid and Obama is much worse than it is for Republicans who presented a bill and have 10 days to negotiate the differences. If the Democrats refuse to negotiate, whose fault is it?

I think Boehner should go home and tell the world he’s ready to negotiate this deal but, as of now, he’s not going to pass the Senate version, which his members believe is not good for the country.

bflat879 on December 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Do I hear 78 days?

92 days..32 days…31.5 days…31.25 days.

Just tell the Senate and Barack to shove it.

SouthernGent on December 22, 2011 at 1:34 PM

” The problems cited by payroll management firms would be relatively equal between the 60- and 90-day extensions. ”

Hmm….I can see that you are not familiar with the mechanics of payroll processing and quarterly payroll calculations and reporting to fed and state. OK. Noted.

I would advise that you talk to your payroll bookkeeper, accountant, or CPA for further counsel on this matter.

Click on December 22, 2011 at 1:34 PM

CCCCCCCAAAAAAAAAAAVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! (CAVE!)

vpaddy123 on December 22, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Payroll companies say 90 days is minimum for handling costly changes.

Mr. Sun on December 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Drooling Morons!!!!

CrazyGene on December 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

For the trillions this Nation spends, you would think we could at least afford some better kabuki theater.

ajacksonian on December 22, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Are there other changes that you know of in addition to that one?

kunegetikos on December 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Nothing I know of specifically. But have you ever known a piece of legislation to not have 100 rules and stipulations?

The other piece of this is how do you calculate self employed quarterly tax payments? Soemone self employed doesn’t know what they income will be every month. January could be $20K. Feb could be $10K. Quarterly estimated taxes are due in mid-Jan. So do you send in 4.2% or 6.2%? Who the hell knows? And then what if it’s extended for another 2 months? Do you get back the difference between 6.2% and 4.2% that you overpaid? How will that work? Is it a credit? Can you offset that with your April quarterly payments?

It will be a cluster for millions of people and businesses.

angryed on December 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM

If the provision in the bill is true, then that mortgage insurance fee will increase by an additional $25-50/month. That might not mean much for these effing politicians in DC, but it means quite a lot for us.

If true, I’m pissed!!!

TrubadorMike on December 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM

BTW,ignore rockmom. She’s not a conservative anyways. Her statement regarding GSE’s alludes to the fact that she isn’t.

There are several reasons you should NOT buy a house now, Mike.

1/ Housing prices have not bottomed out.

2/ If you don’t have the 20 % down to avoid PMI, then you shouldn’t consider buying until you do AND also know upfront that if you took a 30 year mortgage, you should have an amortization schedule and make your payment plans from it.( aka additional monthly payments to reduce your overall long term costs)

3/ If $ 40/50.00 a month is going to make a difference , I would re-think my plan if I were you, Mike.

DevilsPrinciple on December 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Wait a minute, why does the bill have to go to conference if the House is going to pass the Senate version of the bill?

Skandia Recluse on December 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM

That’s Our Boner!!

Wouldn’t that make a great sit-com?

Allow me to pitch it: A zany comedy about a clueless speaker of the house who somehow manages to repeatedly “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”. He pretends to be conservative, but his constant bumbling only results in Liberal wins.

Think “Gilligans Island” meets “Murphy Brown”

So whadaya think?

Tim_CA on December 22, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Wait a minute, why does the bill have to go to conference if the House is going to pass the Senate version of the bill?

Skandia Recluse on December 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Nope. It goes directly to Urkel for signature

This is typical Dingy Harry Reid protocol: Bury any bill from the House, pass a completely different bill in the Senate, send it to the House demanding that it be passed as is and that there will be no negotiations. If a deadline is involved, so much the better because then Dingy Harry will turn around and grandstand about the “intransigence of the House”

AZfederalist on December 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

None of these people can get off the POT can they?
When the Republicans seem like they are going to do something…they get off the POT, but never pull up their pants…they just shuffle along with their underwear and slacks… with the belt undone…shuffling their feet…with everything still around their ankles. They try to give us the impression they are done with the same krap all the time…but it’s the SOS time after time…and with everything bunched around their ankles, we can see nothing is hanging there! Why the show? E V E R Y time!

KOOLAID2 on December 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM

AZfederalist on December 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I watched BHO’s press conference propaganda speech and picked up on this (which I commented about on my FB page):

Obama just said the House should pass the payroll extension bill for the rest of 2012, but he’s using his bully pulpit to try to pressure the House into passing a 2 month extension. Are the media listening to his inconsistency?

In addition, why can’t McConnell just shut up? I mean, how much ammo is the GOP willingly going to give BHO so that he wins the next election? Jeebus, the GOP is full of idiots!

madmonkphotog on December 22, 2011 at 2:09 PM

take it to conference and send it to both houses for final vote, when the legislators get to the airport to fly back to Washington, snatch their azzes and ship’em to Gitmo for some water-boarding reeducation

smitty41 on December 22, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Hey, I’ve got a great idea. If the GOP takes the Senate, they should vote McConnell as Majority Leader! Who’s with me!?!?

We’ve lost the Republic folks. Last one out pays the bills.

Lost in Jersey on December 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM

This is getting worse and worse for House Republicans. If they are okay with a short-term extension, then they should pass the bipartisan Senate bill and go home already.

Really!!! We want our PIPELINE !!!

Steve Z on December 22, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Boner is a bone head.

1IDVET on December 22, 2011 at 2:24 PM

They need to stop this garbage right now. Every time they pass these short term fixes, it opens the door to stuffing the next short term fix with Easter eggs and add ons. They are robbing us blind.

Arrrgh! Why wasn’t Obama concerned when Governor Quinn of the great state of Illinois passed a record tax increase for us that wiped out the fica tax holiday? Why wasn’t he telling Quinn that the economy needed us to receive the benefit of that decrease? This is all garbage!!!

Yeah, I’m mad.

Fallon on December 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Great move, McConnell! Instead of throwing the House a life preserver by insisting that Reid put up his conference nominees and get to work, he toss Boehner an anvil and says accept our promise to negotiate on a 1-year extension after we enjoy our swell Christmas vacation. Obama used McConnell’s own words to tell Boehner to go pound sand! GOP Senate as big a problem as the Senate Dems!

Bob in VA on December 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Why not at least take Rove’s advice and let everyone go home, demand POTUS and the Senate return to DC, and then pass the Senate Bill at 11:59? This seems to be the dumbest strategy of all. If you’re coming this far with it, seems foolish to cave now. Would have done better caving last week and just getting it over with. Now the GOP House is basically ending up with the same outcome after having dragged its name through the mud for a week. If that’s not the definition of bad politics, it’s close.

And no real concessions are coming. Obama gets to come off as middle class defender and he gets to be the adult in the room while staying above the fray of legislative sausage-making. He’d ride this one to November ’12 if the GOP would let him. Just a total disaster by the House GOP.

pwh on December 22, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Messaging.

ManWithNoName on December 22, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Ahhh, the Spelunker of the House comes through again…And it’s nice to see Mitch “I wanna go home for Christmas instead of fighting obamacare” Chao staying true to form…

Gohawgs on December 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM

The GOP is taking the high road by insisting that a two month deal makes no sense if you want a more stable. and growing economy. Unfortunately for them Obama’s highest priority is not a stable and growing economy, Obama’s highest priority is making the GOP look bad so he can get reelected. So with the help of his water carriers the MSM he is succeeding in harming the economy while at the same time looking good while doing it.

tsuhha on December 22, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Dems are celebrating the b!tch slapping they are giving the Rinos, and I may be figuring this wrong, but won’t this two month plan just about guarantee the economy goes into a tail spin? What in the heck will they be celebrating when the hiring stops?

rightoption on December 22, 2011 at 3:36 PM

this is meaningless side issue to 90% of the public (that is even paying attention). Who cares about $40?

tarznatz on December 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

That haughty a##.

Spending what he does and then has the audacity to pull the “average Joe won’t be able to spend 40 bucks for pizza for his family.”

First of all, I don’t know of anyone who orders takeout and spends 40 bucks on pizza for their family. Unless the whole West Wing is invited, or it’s a Super Bowl party, or, yeah, this is it. No one cares what the pizza costs because someone else is paying for it.

No clue.

Oh, and the Senate Reps are worried this tiff may cost them votes? They lost those a long time ago. What a bunch of clueless numbnuts.

Tenwheeler on December 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Teh incompetent boobs

Conservchik on December 22, 2011 at 7:56 PM

I’m late to the party, but time and time again these bozos prove the only interest is their job security. It’s time to prove to them that we own them and WILL send them all home. We’re sick and tired of the big stinking pile crap they have the nerve they call legislating. Their doing nothing other than feathering their own nests and the country be damned.

SteveInRTP on December 22, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Sheesh. My iPhone posting skills are another pile. Sorry folks

SteveInRTP on December 22, 2011 at 8:28 PM

This is not the first time McConnell has teamed up with Reid and the Senate Democrats to poke his thumb in the eye of Boehner and the House Republicans. Reid and the Senate Democrats, in collusion with McConnell and Senate Republicans are playing Boehner like a cheap suit and rendering the House Republican Majority–normally a powerful body in control of the purse–impotent and relegating the 2010 landslide election of House Republicans by all relevant terms null and void.

aposematic on December 22, 2011 at 9:53 PM

So what we are getting is Zero’s “promise”and you can take that to the bank,uhhhh… better make that the fed,that he will speed up passage of the Keystone pipeline. Raise your hand if you are buying that one…seeing few hands…
In return the regime is allowed to savage the SS fund by over 30 % for over a year.Just a wonderful Christmas for someone.. but not us.

rodguy911 on December 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM

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