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John Boehner Turns Back On Payroll Tax Cut: Once Accused Of Playing Politics At The Expense Of The American People
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John Boehner Turns Back on Payroll Tax Cut: Once Accused Of Playing Politics at the Expense Of the American People

House Speaker John Boehner is again being accused of playing a dangerous game of politics with the American people set to bear the brunt of that gamesmanship after he rejected a plan that would have extended the current payroll tax cut for another two months. If nothing is done by the end of the year, the first day of 2012 will see that tax rate jumping back up to just over six percent, potentially having serious impact to millions of middle class American workers.

Boehner called the plan nothing more than "kicking a can farther down the road" and called on Congress to come up with a better plan, one that would potentially extend the pay roll tax cut well into the coming year.

On Saturday, Senators voted on a plan that would not only keep the pay roll tax cut at the current 4.2% until the end of this year and would also require President Barack Obama to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline which will extend from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Obama had himself tabled discussion of that plan pending further environmental studies. If the plan had passed, Obama would have had only sixty days to make a decision on the pipeline after the bill was signed. The plan, expected by most to pass through the Senate without a problem, reportedly fell apart after Boehner announced his opposition to it. Other House Republicans agreed with Boehner, adding that they were unwilling to sign the plan because it would get funding from Social Security.

Democrats were outraged, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid angrily telling the press that neither side got everything that they wanted but that most of the members of both parties had worked to find some semblance of a middle ground.

A White House source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, reported that the President had been led to believe that Boehner was willing to sign off on the plan, allowing it to pass. A spokesperson for Boehner called that statement bogus, saying that Boehner had not spoken to anyone at the White House about the plan nor had he ever had any confidence in the plan as written.

This has been a very contentious year for Congress with the US government coming to the brink of shut down, budget default and other major catastrophes. Democrats and Republicans as well as smaller factions among both parties are battling one another and cannot seem to give up any of their ideals in favor of finding a moderate, middle ground that would benefit everyone.


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