Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Payroll Tax Bill - #3506 - Oops: Two Month Payroll-Tax Holiday Would be Logistical Nightmare, Says Experts - Hot Air (2) Showdown: House GOP Set to Defeat Senate Payroll Tax Bill After Reid Says Won't Negotiate Further. Update: Boehner cancels House Vote - Hot Air

Righties on Twitter are crowing that this means Reid’s bill is DOA, but I’m not so sure. Don’t forget, The One has been known to stand behind programs that even his own cabinet says are surefire disasters in the making. If he and Reid let little things like unworkable math or Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmares stop them from passing legislation, we wouldn’t have ObamaCare, now would we? Pete Isberg, president of the [nonprofit National Payroll Reporting Consortium] today wrote to the key leaders of the relevant committees of the House and Senate, telling them that “insufficient lead time” to implement the complicated change mandated by the legislation means the two-month payroll tax holiday “could create substantial problems, confusion and costs affecting a significant percentage of U.S. employers and employees.”… Read more......

Showdown: House GOP Set to Defeat Senate Payroll Tax Bill After Reid says Won't Negotiate Further Update: Boehner Cancels House Vote - Hot Air - No vote tonight, as it turns out. Supposedly the GOP caucus didn’t want to shoot down the Senate bill “in the dark of night,” but it may be that Boehner’s worried he might not have the votes yet to defeat Reid’s bill if he brought it to the floor. He claims that he does but Democrats think otherwise. Or maybe the strategy is to simply buy a little more time for negotiations with Reid? Not sure that’ll work: As of a few hours ago, Reid was saying that he’d said all he had to say:  Previously, Boehner had asked Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to devise a deal on the bill, and Reid suggested that the bill’s failure in the House was a product of Boehner’s failed leadership.  Read more.........

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