Overheard on CNN.com: Congress' lack of action sparks anger
December 20th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Congress' lack of action sparks anger

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Congress showed little sign of resolving its partisan standoff Tuesday over the payroll tax cut extension as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a measure expressing disapproval of a Senate plan, and leaders in the Democratic-controlled Senate insisted they won't go along with a new House proposal.

The House motion, passed in a virtual party-line 229-193 vote, called for the dispute to be immediately taken up by a House-Senate conference committee - something already ruled out by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

House Republicans on Tuesday passed a motion calling for further negotiations on the payroll tax cut, disagreeing with a Senate measure that called for a two-month extension. Only Republicans supported the motion in the 229-193 vote.

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The Senate voted 89-10 in favor of a two-month tax-cut extension Saturday - a fallback plan designed to give both sides more time to negotiate - but that short-term compromise has slammed into a conservative roadblock in the House, where rank-and-file Republicans are fuming over the short-term nature of the plan, among other things.

As the clock ticks down, nobody appears willing to bend and neither side seems to know how to break the logjam.

The latest political drama follows what seems like a year of endless debt talks and regular episodes of near-government shutdowns, and some people are simply fed up with Congress. We take a look at the frustration with government that people are sharing on both CNN.com and around the Web.

Some users commented they felt lawmakers from both parties are to blame and they planned to hold them accountable. They said that Americans have the power to vote out incumbents if they can't get anything done to help the people of this country.

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us2us: "Who do these people represent? Answer: Themselves."

marjoreemae: "It's a shame responsible people will not come together and fix what's wrong with our country. I vote not to pay these individuals. It's time we have a real voice in our government."

gadzooks: "I do hereby call for the resignation of every member of Congress."

hv19006: "I'm just not voting for any of the incumbents in the next election. They have all proved they can't get the job done, both the Senate and the House, both the Democrats and the Republicans."

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Some readers were concerned about how the tax cut would affect Social Security.  Others said a two-month-extension in general would likely do little to help.

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RickyV: "The tax cut is an attack on Social Security. It should become part of the GOP platform. It's time to out the hypocrisy of the Democrats who claim to help the 'little guy' while screwing them and poor families the whole time."

KarlinT: "I actually hate to say this. ... I am totally against the GOP but a two-month extension does what exactly?! They want a one-year extension. If you want the tax break, why would you not want it to last longer?"

Others said they thought the GOP was using the issue as a chance to push the the Keystone XL oil pipeline project.

ialsoagree: "Because they have only this week to pass any bill before the tax cuts expire. The Senate passed a two-month extension with every meaning to come back to the table in January to forge a one-year extension to the tax cut.

"Republicans saw this as an opportunity to continue ramming the gas pipeline down the throat of Americans. With any luck, (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid and the Democrats will have some backbone, stick to Reid's statement that the Senate won't negotiate further until the two-month extension is passed, and let the tax cut expire. I hate to see my own taxes go up, but come January everyone making less than 106K a year will be wondering why the party of 'no tax increases' raised their taxes."

MontanaBill: "It is not a 'tax break', it's 'I'm not funding my future Social Security' break and it has provisions for a new tax on home mortgages. Obama doesn't want the pipeline decision to have to be made until after the elections so he won't have to anger environmentalists before the vote. He will approve it, eventually. And then claim credit for the jobs."

WilliamGa: "For a worthless two-month extension, we are supposed to thank them on bent knee."

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Other readers squarely put the blame on Republicans. Some criticized the GOP for staunchly standing behind the wealthiest Americans while refusing to help those in need, something they thought was selfish. Others pointed fingers at House Speaker John Boehner.

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jnpa: "I don't know what the GOP is thinking they will gain from all of this, but I hope the American people will remember this next election and vote them all out!"

Effelbee: "So the House GOP leaders were afraid that it would pass the House so they decided not to bring it to a vote. How democratic. Their very rich bosses must not have let them, but the average American is silenced once again."

yranny0000: "Boehner won't even put this up for a vote because he is afraid that enough Republicans will bolt from the ranks to pass it, and the GOP will look like it's lost control of the House. It is truly sad considering the number of times that Boehner ... whined about Democrats playing 'political games.' "

SND: "My concerns about Boehner's motives increase daily. It's pretty much a given that his primary goal is to replace President Obama in the White House. Somehow he's determined that publicly leading the House in destroying the American economy will lead to a Republican Congress and president. From my perspective, that is exactly what will not happen in 2012. Voters will cast their ballots against anything Republican - good or bad. Boehner must have been living in an alternative universe the past several decades to have conceived such a 'strategy.' "

MET100: "A two-month extension of the payroll tax (cut) was not the perfect answer. But it was a start."

donnybp: "This is so frustrating to watch. I can't believe that these people were voted into their positions. ... Can't they just pass the extension without trying to sneak anything extra into the legislation? I, as well as many others must be, (am) just exhausted over this political show. Pass the extension, take the time off to think about what's right for the country and come back to Washington ready to pass effective legislation that's bipartisan and collectively good for the country. Stop making the country suffer for the holidays!"

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (1,006 Responses)
  1. angry

    They should ALL be FIRED !! If any one of us did nothing at work , we would be fired! And another thing, I am sorry but........... Newt Gingrich??? Really?? is that the best they can do??? Hey I am all for change for the better but gimme a break the choices the republicans are putting out are a JOKE!!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hope

    this situation is showing the country exactly why we MUST have a 2 party system between the whiite house and congress. can you imagine what the country would be like today if every republican, I;m for the rich man only, motion, law,etc was passed with no blocking by anyone? it is so scary. this is what our children are liearning about being
    adult and to get along ha ha ha. since the tea party came to town, there has been nothing but trouble.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt in Atl

      It has a name.. It's called the Bush tax cuts.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry L

    Fire every one of the useless B@$+@rd$!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. the_dude

    Ok first off let me say that I am a politcal independant. That being said I hate all republicans and I only vote democrat. I am independant

    December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Randall Wesson

    It's all about POWER and POLITICS, trying to force a point of view on another! A perfect example of why some animals EAT their young!

    God! These people (?) are unreal. What happened to what is best for the country, the people??????

    December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    VOTE!!! dem all out the older politicians are still living in 1950's and heck its 2011 people.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fedupwithrepublicans

    It's time for the Republicans in the House to be voted out of office! If you can't do anything besides saying, 'No, no, no', it's time for you to go. Everone is so fed up with you do nothing Congress, even die-hard Republicans won't vote for you. If you won't compromise, please get out of the way!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tanya

    What a suprise that this Republican led House for this 112th Congress would fail at yet something else, about they only thing they are good at is stabbing anyone who isn't rich in the back. Do they really think come Jan 1 when people get that first paycheck and it is less than the last one in December they are not going to notice? This Congress has single-handly handed the Democrats back the House, made their hold on the Senate and retained hold on the White House. I am really tired of hearing these Tea Party Congressman talk about how they are doing the will of the American people, I fail to see how a minority is speaking for the majority. Fire them all.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Ramos

    There is one major flaw in the argument being put forth by the House Repubs. The Senate has already adjourned. All of the 100 Senators have scattered all over the globe. Many are on "fact finding" tours of the Bahamas, Bermuda, etc. Many are gearing up for reelection/retirement/holidays/etc. Even if Obama/Reid issued a "call back" order, only a few would obey that order. So, a Conference committee is a dead issue. These guys have to be incredibly stupid to not know that the American people do not know this. The House Repubs just handed the House back to the Democrats.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cheryl hause

    Congress has clearly displayed their utter lack of regard and disdain for their electorate. Republicans signed pledges not to raise taxes, but apparently this did not apply to the middle class. Republicans also were concerned about how to pay for the payroll tax cuts. However they did not raise such concerns when it cam to the wealth and Megacorporations. The middle class is under seige.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      Agreed, it is just unbelievable. The party of NO TAXES just raised them on the people that need the cuts the most! Their false argument about Social Security funding is just that as there is a simple solution – remove the cap. Why shouldn't those making above a certain amount be taxed for social security – doesn't make any sense.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carolina Bob

    Boehner and his fellow ReFlub a dubs SUCK>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    December 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike R

    CNN shilling for the Democrats..... now that's a surprise. Oh, please! Doesn't our country need an end to partisan media as much as partisan politics? Knock it off. We're out of time, get it?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      @Mike R, this isn't a partisan issue. It's as bipartisan as it gets. 89 Senators voted for this compromise, and 10 voted against it. If the House leadership would allow a vote, it would also pass by an overwhelming majority. This is more about a few small men (Boehner and his cronies) stopping government to prove how all-powerful the House is. This reminds me of Newt, who shutdown government in the 90s because he had to sit in the back of Air Force One.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jimbo

    The Tea Party rides again!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charlie Tuna

    I am so tired of the GOP and their class status. They ar not for the workingman and never will be. They are for the owners not the workers. Even today Boehner refers to the Job Creators. That is all that is important to them.The GOP is nothng more than Rich Facists who wrap themselves in the flag and Bible and call it America.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |

    This Congress continues to ignore their employers. The last time I did that with such arrogance, I got FIRED!! i suggest we get a couple of dozen Iraqi war veterans to lock these whining s.o.b's in the capital building not let them out until this a host of other problems get solved

    December 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
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