Obama: Pass the Full Payroll Tax/UI Legislation

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 10:55 am

Blowing right past the Republican concession on the payroll tax cut, the President demanded passage of all three expiring measures without delay in remarks at the White House today. He only referred to the new GOP concession in passing: Now, the good news is over the last couple of days, we’ve seen some hopeful signs [...]

Senate Dems Could Add UI and Doc Fix to Unfunded Payroll Tax Cut Bill

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 6:16 am

Senate Democrats have a plan for the payroll tax cut legislation that House Republicans basically gave up on yesterday. When we last left our story, Republicans said that they would offer a bill in the House extending the payroll tax cut to the end of the year without an offset. This would mean that the [...]

Republicans Cave on Payroll Tax Cut, Propose Full-Year Extension Without Offsets

By: Monday February 13, 2012 11:33 am

In an impressive bit of caving, the House Republican leadership has given up on finding offsets for the payroll tax cut, proposing a bill that would extend the current cut to the end of the year without any funding. However, the other two pieces that were tied to the overall legislation at the end of [...]

Plan to Pay for Doc Fix with War Funding Savings Rejected

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 10:18 am

House Republicans have decided against using savings from war funding to offset a permanent “doc fix,” which means that Medicare doctors could see their reimbursement rates fall as much as 27% by the end of the month. In addition, this only extends the cost of a permanent doc fix over time, because the cost of [...]

Payroll Tax Cut Conference Committee on Brink of Failure, Needs Lifeline

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 8:55 am

The conference committee for the payroll tax cut is on a road to nowhere, and it’s clear that the House and Senate leadership will have to step in if the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and the doctor’s fix will get extended beyond the end of the month. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave [...]

Four Weeks to Payroll Tax Cut/UI Expiration, and Little Movement on Extension

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 8:55 am

The payroll tax cut and extended unemployment benefits expire on February 29. And though the House-Senate conference committee charged with figuring out a year-long extension met yesterday, there really isn’t a lot of movement toward a solution. Pay-fors seem to be the biggest stumbling block. On Wednesday, the House approved one of the GOP’s favored [...]

House, Senate Still At Odds on Payroll Tax/UI Extension

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 10:23 am

The House/Senate conference committee looking to reconcile legislation on a payroll tax cut extension, along with unemployment benefits and potentially a doc fix, met yesterday to go over the deal. And it didn’t turn out that well. Meeting for the first time, members of a new bipartisan, House-Senate committee negotiating a final version of a [...]

Republicans Consider Using War Funding to Finance Doc Fix

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 2:42 pm

Sahil Kapur has an important report on how that accounting gimmick on war funding may finally get put to use. Unfortunately, it’s not on funding more infrastructure, as the President suggested in the State of the Union. Instead, it would fund a permanent doc fix, reversing the reduction in Medicare reimbursement for doctors. House Republicans [...]

Payroll Tax/UI Bill: Haggling Over Pay-Fors

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 8:30 am

In its first day back, Congress held a quorum call and voted on a new Sergeant-at-Arms. That’s it. It’s going to be that kind of year. Today, there’s a “resolution of disapproval” on the President’s request for another tranche of debt limit funds. You’ll recall that this is the request the Administration delayed so that [...]

House Returns to Washington to Do Pretty Much Nothing

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 6:17 am

The House returns to session today, and you can forgive them for feeling a distinct sense of deja vu. When they left, they faced a deadline to pass a payroll tax cut, extended unemployment benefits and a doctor’s fix for Medicare reimbursement rates. Weeks later, they return to a deadline to pass a payroll tax [...]

The Myth of the Actually Negotiating Conference Committee

By: Monday January 2, 2012 6:20 am

Steve Benen thinks that the payroll tax cut is doomed, based on the conferees the Senate Republicans added to hammer out a long-term agreement. The newly named Republican conferees are Senators Jon Kyl of Arizona, Michael D. Crapo of Idaho and John Barrasso of Wyoming [...] These aren’t three senators you’d appoint to a conference [...]

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