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. Bugs Ears

    Yes Gung, I agree with (CAUGHING) (can't believe I'm gonna agree with Boener) Boener, the cut should be extended to at least a year. This 2 month 'crap' is more BS, as banasy put it!
    Hello to you too banasy... Btw 🙂

    December 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    The GD House will do whatever it can to do what is absolutely the worst for the American people, and to make the things as hard as possible to get anyfookinthing done to BENEFIT the American people. Boehner wants Obama *out* and he does not give one little *sh!t* about who the fook he hurts in the process...US!
    That fooking little ass hole had better0start thinking about *his* job security...he's not infallible.
    If the repuglicans do not start realizing they are shooting themselves in the foot to try and make Obama look bad...well, all of the people who *vote* for this kind of absolute *sh!t* deserve everything that they are going to get.
    And I promise you, it won't be pretty, but it *will* be what you deserve!

    December 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Bugs Ears:
    Hi, yourself! 😉
    I am just so SICK of Congress!

    @honest midwest:
    Don't forget world peace.
    Nope, wouldn't agree there, either!

    December 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bugs Ears

    Opps,meant 'coughing' rather
    And this delima is just a tiny part of why the economy is the way it is. So don't get too bent out of shape banasy.
    The money they have stolen from our SS is a much greater issue.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ banasy

    well said.
    The Party of 'NO' has now turned into the party of 'UNDOING'. What these people deserve is the 'Boot' by the people.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bugs Ears

    Oh trust me saywhat, both parties deserve the BOOT, but what will come in it's place? same old same old!!! lose lose all the way around.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    These political hacks need to some legislating. Frigging Senate needs to work with the House and not worry about getting home for the holidays. This two month Senate deal was just an excuse to get out of town. It's about time that Congress does their job ....for the Americans that elected them.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lamont

    Harry Reid is an abomination! To have the audacity to attempt to hold legislation hostage until the House of Representatives does what HE wants them to do. Hello? Harry? You aren't the boss of them! For all of your high talking about the republicans it is YOU who are acting like a 6-year-old here. What you're saying to the American People is "It's my way or Trailways - take it or leave it!". Well, no thanks!!! I will now begin actively working against you and your brand of scorched-earth meanness and your attempts to single-handedly cram Obama's policies down our throats! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! Harry, SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP AND DO WHAT WE SENT YOU TO WASHINGTON TO DO!

    December 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Percy

    They want to cut taxes then cut taxes but do not rob the Social Security fund's money !

    December 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @ Bugs Ears
    Alas! So indeed is the case.
    How long qwould the American people continue to be on the recieving end of this treatment? Or are we trapped in an unending nightmare with the likes of Newt Gingrich ready to take charge?
    @ Lamont
    That is not entirely correct.
    We have seen the extreme obstructionism exhibited by GOP with the sole purpose of making Obama presidency fail without a thought to the needs of Americans.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lamont

      @saywhat: Can you show me which of my comments is not correct? My comment was about what Harry Reid is doing, not what anyone else is doing.

      December 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. so....

    ....Isn't the payroll tax cut directly related to SS?

    December 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Harry Reid is doing the same thing Boehner is doing.
    We're supposed to just take it from Boehner, tho, right?

    December 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yup


    December 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    If the Republicans can play dirty, then Democrats can play just as dirty.
    Who played dirty first, children?
    Oh, Raphael hit Daniel in the face, with his fist? Several times? Then Daniel hit him back?
    I see. Well, Daniel you should have hit him back. That was the right thing to do. Stand up for yourself.
    Now Raphael, let's talk about your punishment for starting a fight.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    But boener is trying to make a good economic environment whereas reid is not he is looking out for the gov soas in 2 months he has the opportunity to raise taxes

    December 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
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