Will House Dem Leaders Match Rhetoric With Action, Join House GOP in Opposing Senate Dem Leaders' Two-Month Payroll Tax Cut Extension?
Given their statements this weekend reaffirming their support for a full-year extension of the current payroll tax relief and unemployment insurance benefits -- which contrasts with the Senate Democratic leadership position of a two-month extension -- will House Democratic leaders support House GOP efforts to find common ground on a one-year extension via amendment or conference committee? Both President Obama and House Democratic leaders have been pushing for a full, one-year extension that was included in the bipartisan, House-passed bill. On NBC’s Meet the Press, Congressman John Boehner made clear that he opposes the short-term Senate bill, and that Republicans would insist that any final agreement extend these provisions for a full year. Here’s what the president and House Democratic leaders have said just in the last day:
President Barack Obama: “It would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year.” (Statement, 12/17/11) The Hill also noted yesterday that “President Obama had long pushed for a full one-year extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance benefits and other measures.” (The Hill, , 12/17/11)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): “House Democrats will return to Washington to take up this legislation without delay, and we will keep up the fight to extend these provisions for a full year.” (The Hill, 12/17/11)
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD): “I’m disappointed that Senate Republicans would not agree to a longer-term extension of critical policies and insisted on unrelated provisions that do not belong in this package.” (Statement, 12/17/11)
Congressman Boehner said today he agrees with President Obama that Congress should not go on vacation until it finishes its work on this important measure. House Republicans stand ready to work with Senate Democrats and the White House to complete work on a full, one-year bill, not a short-term measure that puts off decisions into early next year.