The Next Payroll Tax Fight: A Preview

By: Friday December 23, 2011 8:55 am

With the two-month stopgap put to bed, all eyes turn to the next round on the fight to extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance. Once this law is signed, lawmakers will have until the end of February to reach agreement on what they claim to want, a year-long extension on the above two [...]

House Republicans Cave, Agree to Two-Month Stopgap on Payroll Tax, UI

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 1:51 pm

And there it is. John Boehner has cried uncle. House Republicans will pass the two-month Senate stopgap bill to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance benefits and a doctor’s fix to avert a 27% cut in Medicare reimbursement rates. In exchange for this cave, Harry Reid will appoint conferees to go into negotiations on [...]

House Republicans Start Bolting from Boehner, Seek Passage of Senate Payroll Tax Stopgap

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 12:55 pm

Seven House Republicans did not vote with the leadership on Monday to reject the Senate’s payroll tax/UI/doc fix stopgap bill and go to conference. Sean Duffy, the Wisconsin freshman in a tough district for 2012, wasn’t one of them. But now he is calling for passage of the Senate bill: “I’ve said all along I’d [...]

Reid to Boehner: Listen to Mitch McConnell

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 10:14 am

If you look at Harry Reid’s statement to John Boehner today, coupled with what Mitch McConnell said previously, you can see an endgame coming around on this payroll tax/UI/doc fix situation. Here’s Reid’s statement: I agree with Senator McConnell and the many other Republicans who have spoken up in recent days that the most reasonable [...]

McConnell to Boehner: Give Up and Pass the Stopgap

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 8:55 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who negotiated the two-month stopgap bill on the payroll tax, unemployment insurance and the doctor’s fix that passed the Senate with 89 votes, ended his silence on the House GOP actions on the bill, by saying that they should go ahead and pass the stopgap. This further isolates John Boehner [...]

The Economics of the Payroll Tax/UI/Doc Fix Bill

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 7:05 am

As we await resolution of the payroll tax/UI/doc fix extension bill, I want to address this trend in the comments about whether or not extending these measures is worthwhile at all. To separate the wheat from the chaff, I don’t think anyone believes that extending unemployment insurance is a bad idea. With no further action, [...]

House GOP Walks Out on Attempt to Call Up Senate Payroll Tax Deal

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 10:55 am

I haven’t seen Republicans mismanage the public relations of one of their schemes this badly in quite a while. Check out this scene on the House floor from today. During a pro forma session designed to block recess appointments (streams crossing), Steny Hoyer asks for unanimous consent to bring up the Senate two-month stopgap on [...]

House Republicans Face Mass Criticism for Payroll Tax/UI Rejection

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 6:55 am

Congress has mostly left Washington, with no resolution on a host of year-end measures that, if allowed to expire, will result in an average $1,000 tax increase, the expiration of unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, and a 27% rate cut in Medicare reimbursement. House Republicans left behind eight “conferees” for a conference on the [...]

Wind, Solar, Mass Transit Threatened By Expiring Year-End Measures

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 12:14 pm

The President showed up unscheduled at a White House briefing today to excoriate House Republicans for fouling up a Senate deal on a stopgap measure to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a doctor’s reimbursement fix. He said that “This is not poker, this is not a game for the millions of Americans [...]

House Rejects Senate Payroll Tax Deal

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 10:15 am

The House of Representatives officially rejected the bipartisan agreement that passed the Senate with 89 votes for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, extended unemployment benefits and a doctor’s fix to prevent a 27% reduction in Medicare reimbursement rates. They did so under a complicated scheme whereby members did not vote on the [...]

House Republicans Find Smarmiest Way Possible to Reject Payroll Tax Deal

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 6:21 am

The procedural wizards in the House Republican caucus stayed up late last night to concoct this scheme, a way to dispose of the Senate’s payroll tax deal by voting affirmatively. They think this helps insulate their members from charges of rejecting the deal, and causing a tax increase of on average $1,000 a year. Here’s [...]

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