Republicans muscle tax cut bill through house (news comment replacement)?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation sought by President Barack Obama to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts through 2012. But the bill also includes a requirement for construction of an oil pipeline that has drawn a veto threat.

The vote was 234-193.

The measure now goes to the Senate, where top Democrats strongly oppose the pipeline provision.

The legislation would also renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. And it would head off a threatened 27 percent cut in fees to doctors who treat Medicare patients.

With lawmakers expected to adjourn soon for the year, the partisan showdown is the last of a remarkably quarrelsome year of divided government.

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  • 9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Obama wanted to extend the SS tax cut. The Republicans didn't, for two reasons. One was because FICA is a very regressive tax and the Republicans love regressive taxes. The other was that they didn't want to hand Obama a victory. OTOH if they simply refused, Obama could show them as not really wanting tax cuts except for the rich.

    So they came up with an alternative bill. It kept the SS tax cut, but it also gives the go-ahead to the oil pipeline that Obama said he wanted to save until after the election. So when Obama vetoes it, they can say Obama was against the tax cut. I think this is what they call a 'poison pill'.

    This is all partisan political squabbling. It really has nothing to do with either tax cuts or oil pipelines.

    And it won't work anyway, because the Senate is controlled by the Democrats, so they won't pass the bill, so it will never get to Obama to be vetoed. Obama threatened to veto it, and actually that helps him, promising to veto it but not having to.

  • andy
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    The funny thing is that it has everything. It has a jobs bill in the pipeline, it has extensions for both unemployment and pay roll taxes. It even heads off the 27% cut to doctors. But now the Democrats have to show their true colors since they can't blame it on the House if it doesn't pass.

  • 4 years ago

    The senate will in all danger block it too, that concern is a large number. there became a crapload of "compromise" in that bill that became no longer extremely beef barrel, yet reminded you of that style of politics. charges that began with elementary aims had to be mixed with different ones. Riders are related to that mess to supply this or that to each party. It grew to become right into a strange checklist of traded concessions between the abode democrats and republicans--i haven't any doubt that the two Obama and Senate republicans could have problems with it. Then the two will could desire to be sure whether that's what passes for compromise, or if it is basically stable government it quite is being compromised.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It also freezes wages for all non military employees as well as hiring of same.This will in effect cut fed works which may be ok unless of course you depend on them to inspect your meat approve drugs oversee the bankers want a safe ratio of prison guards to inmates what at least the factory upstream from your house to be made to comply wirh health standards etc etc etc

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  • Ronald
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    the republicans never pass anything without a catch they never pass a clean bill. this anyone else would call blackmail. the ue benefits are playing with peoples lives, putting food on the tables and homes without ue benefits they could lose both. republicans dont care they just want to play games. there scum bags. merry christmas.

  • DALE M
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    why is the tax hikes will never get the same Provision as the Democrats get their tax cuts. Why is it that we can't keep our own money with the Democrats

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    As was told to us 8 years back by old Nancy ''elections have consequence'' live with it

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