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House Calls Obama’s Bluff, Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extension He Promised to Veto

Posted on | December 13, 2011 | 4 Comments

However it turns out, score this a win for Boehner:

Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Tuesday passed a bill extending a cut in Social Security payroll taxes for 160 million Americans for another year. But the Democratic majority in the Senate vowed to reject the measure because of objections to other provisions, including one to speed construction of an oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Obama has demagogued the hell out of this issue, so now the House has passed it — with a tasty poison pill the enviros will hate — and pitches it over to the Senate, where Harry Reid’s Democrat majority can’t even manage to pass a budget. Let Harry deal with it, and if Harry can’t get a bill to Obama’s desk, the expiration of the tax cut is Harry’s fault. And if something does manage to get out of a bicameral reconciliation process, double-dog dare Obama to veto it.

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  • Van Grungy

    gradualism.. muslims and progressives do it, it’s time to turn the tables..

    I suspect more pointed dares will be forthcoming

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Maybe seeing Santorum running around gave Boehner flashbacks to his Gang Of Seven days and he regrew a little backbone…

  • higgins1990

    It doesn’t matter.  The Obama and his media hacks will still run with the “GOP Obstructionists” meme.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    There are a lot of Democratic Senators up for reelection next year, and several first-term incumbents, statistically the most at risk to challenge.  Many of them would like to be able to vote for the pipeline provision just to be able to point to their vote against Obama and for private energy expansion.  Reid doesn’t have to bring anything to a vote, it is the Majority Leader’s prerogative, but if he doesn’t he will certainly be pilloried and even the media will be hard pressed to find a way to defend him.

    Obama demands Congress stay in session until they pass what he wants – but is leaving for 17 days in Hawaii.  Perfect.

    Democrats apparent realize their only potential voters next year are the committed partisans and the terminally stupid.