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House GOP rejects 2-month payroll tax cut, demands talks with Senate

House GOP rejects 2-month payroll tax cut, demands talks with Senate

POSTED: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 1:24pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 5:15pm

The House has rejected a plan to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut for two months, and Republican members are instead demanding that the Senate return to negotiate an extension for the entire year.

Lawmakers voted 229-193 to send the measure back to the Senate. But Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not allow any
bargaining until the Republicans relent and the House approves the short-term bipartisan measure which passed the Senate with an overwhelming majority. President Barack Obama has voiced support for the legislation, but has also said it needs to be quickly extended to cover all of 2012.

The House passed a full-year extension last week, but included many spending cuts opposed by Democrats. Republican members erupted in frustration at the Senate measure, which drops changes to the unemployment insurance system that conservatives wanted along with cuts to Obama's health care law.

Lawmakers are looking to renew a 2 percentage point cut in the Social Security payroll tax, plus jobless benefits averaging about
$300 a week for the long-term unemployed. The impasse could mean a tax hike for 160 million American workers in January, while almost 2 million people could lose their unemployment benefits.

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Congratulations, teavangelical republican supporters of your disgusting representatives in the House...these clowns don't give the middle class and poor a single consideration, unless these "lower class" folks clean their houses, mow their lawns, serve fast food burgers, clean hotel rooms, etc. boehner, canter, the senate's mcconnell and all others who hate Americans are anti-American and should be thrown out of offices of responsibility for the future of American citizens. OBAMA 11/6/2012.

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