Friday, December 23, 2011

Payroll Tax Bill - #3516 - House Passes Senate Payroll Tax Holiday Extension on Unanimous Consent - Hot Air

House Republicans managed to end their week-long facepalm moment not with a bang, or even a whimper. Speaker John Boehner passed the Senate 60-day payroll-tax holiday extension by unanimous consent after a face-saving deal was reached yesterday:  The House on Friday morning approved a bill extending the payroll tax holiday and unemployment insurance for two months, and also prevents a planned cut to reimbursements for Medicare physicians.  Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) asked for unanimous consent, which was declared approved by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The bill is H.R. 3765.  After having to front a public-relations disaster courtesy of a rebellion in his ranks, Boehner re-asserted control rather forcefully in the end. Any member of the GOP caucus could have forced a roll-call vote on the Senate bill, but in the end none did. Perhaps the realization that they had handed Barack Obama a golden opportunity to paint Republicans as opposing middle-class tax cuts, no matter what the reality of the convoluted opposition to the bipartisan Senate compromise might be, kept them silent on the floor this morning.  Read more......

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