December 19th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Reid won't reopen negotiations until House passes payroll extension

[Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Monday he will not agree to reopen negotiations with House leaders on the payroll tax cut until the House passes the two-month extension already approved by the Senate.

[Posted at 10:40 a.m. ET] Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Monday morning he expects the House of Representatives to reject the Senate's two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.

Boehner also said he expects the House to pass legislation reinforcing the need for a one-year extension, and wants the matter to be taken up by a House-Senate conference committee.

"We oppose the Senate bill because doing the two month extension instead of a full year extension causes uncertainty for job creators," he said. "I used to run a small business. I met a payroll. I hired workers. A two month extension creates uncertainty and will cause problems for people who are trying to create jobs in the private sector."

"The idea that tax policy can be done two months at a time is a kind of activity we see here in Washington that's really put our economy off its tracks."

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to vote Monday evening on a short-term extension of the popular payroll tax cut, but the measure is facing fierce resistance from conservatives upset with both the temporary nature of the bill and its impact on funding for Social Security.

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  1. banasy©

    OMG, I'm so sick of Congress' BS!

    December 19, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Yea no kiddin banasy! He expects??? Well as part of the public sector, we know...EXPECTATION LEADS TO DISAPPOINTMENT!!! After all we EXPECT the repugnants to do their job, and that dont happen!!!

    December 19, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat ( in a hat )

    One word --- TERM LIMITS

    December 19, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    Congress is so far removed from reality. Boehner doesn't care about it hurting others, just does not what to agree with the democrats. And this comes from a republican.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. adams63

    vote that old alcoholic out of office, and cantor

    December 19, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    lmfao ummm bobcat...thats 2 words!

    December 19, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @Scott: O.o

    December 19, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    That's two words, but who's counting?

    December 19, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Ya beat me to it!

    December 19, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    lol @ banasy, gr8 minds!

    December 19, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I know, right? Lmao!

    December 19, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I'm shocked and appalled by this latest turn of events.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    @ladies and chrissie did any body read what boener said,and he is correct if it passes for 2months it creates uncertainty also the duma s s crats want it for 2mths so as if the economy is better in 2mths the duma s scrats can get their taxes back

    December 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bugs Ears

    The tax cut could help increase production and jobs
    The Congressional Budget Office estimates payroll tax cuts would generate between 10 and 90 cents in economic activity for every dollar of budgetary cost.
    Were the tax cut to expire, many economists say it could take a bite out of their already modest economic growth forecasts for next year

    trying to figure out how to pay for it?

    May we could defer payment till the economy gains strenght again?
    Just a thought

    Oh and Congress... STOP P U S S Y footing around and get the D A M N job done!

    December 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. honest midwest

    I am afraid that Boehner and his cronies wouldn't agree with anyone even if they balanced the budget, brought peace to the world and found a cure for cancer. Sad, but it is just who the Republican party has become.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
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