As explained in he last post, House Republicans plan to reject a bill the Senate passed yesterday to extend the payroll tax cut and other things. CBS News:
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Sunday that the bill – which includes the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a halt to scheduled Medicare reimbursement cuts for doctors – needs to last an entire year. That was the original goal of President Barack Obama and congressional leaders as they worked on the legislation in recent weeks.
As if to suggest other changes he would like in the legislation, Boehner mentioned a provision that would block Obama administration anti-pollution rules and “reasonable reductions in spending” that were in a House-passed version of the payroll tax bill that the Senate ignored.
“It’s pretty clear I and our members oppose the Senate bill,” Boehner said on “Meet the Press” on NBC. He added, “I believe two months is just kicking the can down the road.”
House Republicans dislike the Senate bill for many reasons, including its lack of what they consider real spending cuts and its removal of restrictions on Obama administration rules. Others are unhappy about extending unemployment benefits or cutting the payroll tax, which is used to finance the Social Security system.
Here’s the punch line:
Laena Fallon, a spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said when the House votes on the bill Monday, it would either formally request negotiations with the Senate or approve changes “so that it is responsible and in line with the needs of hard-working taxpayers and middle-class families.”
Some things parody themselves.