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. okosun

    AL QUEDA HAS NOTHING ON THE GOP's HATRED FOR AMERICA.

    December 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. okosun

    TIME FOR THE GLOVES TO COME OFF DEMOCRATS, NO MORE COMPROMISE WITH DO NOTHING GOP CONGRESS.Enough already.

    December 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Dam I missed alot of fun didnt I my little country bunkin.Dam banasy chicken paprikaz wow and you make it good marry me please!@chrissie never been to boob evans till eight years ago what they dont have them in the country?oh well see if I can find ya guys

    December 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Knock it off gung hoe, i already told you i wasnt amused! You need to THINK before you say things!

    December 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bugs Ears

    @ Chrissy, He just trying to ruffle your feathers! 🙁

    December 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    And @ gung hoe, didnt know there even was a place called *boob evans* but if there was, i assure you i wouldnt be a patron! Sounds like more your cup of tea than mine! And @ banasy, still think its NOT intentional? Appears as its deliberate 2 me!

    December 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    @ bugs ears, i kinda noticed! Several times in fact in the last 2 days!

    December 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    how long must we endure this congressional silliness?

    December 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bugs Ears

    And why do you bother addressing this fool; for he most definitely sounds like one!

    December 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bugs Ears

    @ Mmmmm, till Larry...Curly and Mo, have knocked themselves out!!!

    December 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I love the three stooges...congress wish they were so talented. Bonehead Boehner supposely so compassionate where are the tears, now?

      December 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bugs Ears

    @ LMAO.... Yeah you GO! Mmmmm 🙂

    December 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @chrissy:
    No, no it seems like he wants to make you angry.
    Makes no sense....

    @Mmmmmm:
    You're not blue!
    Although I agree with you're crying boy assessment.

    December 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    I COULD EAT BISCUTS AND GRAVY ALL DAY WITH BACON MMMMMMM!

    December 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      lol...are we talkin' puppychow or a country bumpkin breakfast?

      December 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    lol @ drak, at *boob evans* i bet?

    December 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    BON JOVI DIED

    December 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
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