House GOP rejects 2-month payroll tax cut

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has rejected a plan backed by President Barack Obama to extend a 2-percentage point payroll tax cut for two months.

Republicans are demanding immediate talks with the Senate on a year-long extension. Without a bill extending the cuts, payroll taxes will go up for 160 million workers on Jan. 1. Almost 2 million people could lose unemployment benefits as well.

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  • by Gg Location: Rifle on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    Oh you mean the Paul Ryan budget that doesn't ever balance, it relies on 2% unemployment no foreign contingency and nearly 5% growth but Stijl doesn't until 2063. Oh and I process payroll, for a small company it's very easy to adjust payroll I don't have sympathy for large companies like walmart that supply minimum wage jobs with little or no benefits but can open news stores weekly. You my friend are the one who should expand your veiws and get your information from somewhere else besides talk radio and fox news. There has been several studies done in the last few years fox news veiwers are misinformed more than someone who doesn't even watch the news. Yes they have passed several bills like defunding planned parenthood, stripping EPA ability to monitor air quality and to defund NPR. All of these are extreme right positions and don't represent the goals of most Americans.
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      by Gene on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:13 AM in reply to Gg
      Gg to put it simply you are full of bull squeeze. There is nothing in your statement that holds water. You obviously have an agenda and are not open to the idea that 45 years of liberal politics driving bigger government is not working. So you handle other people's money! That does not make you an expert on money. I do agree that Ryan's budget is not enough. However the liberal alternative is a collapse waiting to happen. What we need is drastic reform or elimination of most government programs, a balanced budget amendment right now with NO loop holes, a systematic slash of 10 trillion in our national debt, a flat or national sales tax, and a Congress who is NOT filled with career politicians. Until that happens we still have to endure your narrow minded and quite primitive view of the world.
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      by Annieonymouse on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:23 AM in reply to Gg
      How sad, and you thought you had such a good argument based entirely on far left talking points, but forgot to read your own NYT. "In a letter to Congressional leaders, Pete A. Isberg, president of the National Payroll Reporting Consortium, a trade group, said there was not enough notice to accommodate the proposal." http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/21/us/politics/house-republicans-move-closer-to-rejecting-payroll-tax-cut-deal.html?hp Reading through these comments, I see facts from conservatives and the usual "faux news" silliness backed by nothing from liberals. Tell us about the EPA and how they have been defunded, Look up their current budget compared to 2007. Look it up and get back to us, with actual facts. We'll wait........
  • by cleo Location: United States on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:39 PM
    Good news... hope the recovery comes fast and strong. Our company is just barely hanging on and has depleted most of the cash reserves we have been operating on the last couple of years because We cannot find qualified people with degree, if you need a degree i would strongly recommend check out High Speed Universities for any one looking to get a professional degree
  • by Gg Location: Rifle on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    Could you please tell me which payroll companies can't figure out how to change a percentage in payroll? It's not hard what takes them a month I can do in 10 seconds. Just another lie, the senate passed a bill 89 votes for it that's 39 republicans but the teaparty house is beholden to special interest(keystone). The house voted and passed a bill to turn Medicare into a voucher system, while cutting taxes for the extreme wealthy while raising taxes on the middle class. All of the GOP candidates except Ron Paul has said that everyone should pay income tax that means no more refunds child tax credits but it cuts the top tax bracket 10%. When are people going to vote in their best interest? If you are not extremely wealthy your voice is not heard. All GOP candidates have talked about lowering minnimu wage getting rid of overtime pay and privatizing social security, and what they mean by that is turning it to wall street hedge funds not your own private account. Social security has not added a dime to our debt in fact it has had a 2.6 trillion surpluss that the gov has borrwed against. People need to vote out these crooks out Scott Tipton has voted for all of these bills he is not representing the average person just his campaign doners. Nobody wants to cut military spending even though it went from 300 billion in 2001 to almost 800 billion today. We spent more on wars and occupation than we did taking care of our own country and people. Don't forget about homeland security and pentagons black budget the largest expansion of government ever not obamacare. And the racist comments have to stop where were you raised?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:21 PM in reply to Gg
      Your answer just shows your ignorance. Just simply google "payroll processing can't implement tax cut" and you will get information that the processing companies cannot do it. The bill was written such that the cut only affects the first $18,350 of wages. This creates a big programming problem, and only days (plus holidays) to get it done. SS is causing a deficit. It has never been in a "trust fund," but rather just paid out. Why else was Obama threatening this summer that SS checks would not go up if the debt ceiling wasn't raised? FYI - the GOP controlled House has passed 21 bills to cut spending, grow jobs, and get our economy back on track, plus do its normal job of passing a budget. The Senate has yet to pass a budget bill (since they took over in 2006 actually) and has not acted on any of these bills. Not sure where any racism was - except since I don't agree with a big government, big taxes policy that takes hard earned money from some to give to others, it must be because I am racist. Typical liberal talking points...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    the best part of this debate is the fact that payroll processing companies have said that the bill passed by the Senate had no hopes of being implemented. The way they wrote the bill it would have taken a month or more to re-code the payroll processing to figure the right withholding. But you don't see that reported from any media... Just the line of the democrats about how it is the GOP's fault... another we have to pass the bill to see what's in it moment by our president.
  • by Haha on Dec 20, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    Dear ignorance is bliss. Im guessing your unemployed. Im also guessing your over qualified for all if any jobs you've applied for. I agree it is easier to get a check in the mail, cash it and watch Oprah all day. Maybe you could find a reality show to go on. We could call it "my lazy life thanks to Obama." Im guessing you voted for him as well. Fools.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:25 PM in reply to Haha
      obviously you are the ignorant one here....you make vitriol comments about reality that you nothing about!try stop being a minion to faux news....and omg think for yourself which means educating yourself with reading material that is unbiased
  • by voting taxpayer Location: gj on Dec 20, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    The libtards are such goof balls.Why are we taking from SSI and medicare anyway.They need to honest up.Why not cut 5% from federal withholding.That would help the 1% and the 52%.And the 47% will get paid to find the right address to go occupy.Simple, even a liberal can figure this out.Cut EPA,NEA not Military
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:20 PM in reply to voting taxpayer
      omg such ignorance! where do you get these figures......let me guess faux news......minion!
  • by Wow on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    FDR can use big words
  • by Ignorance is BLISS Location: GJ on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Of course the republicans are stopping it cant take away THEIR payroll....as for HAHA you are ignorant....You people just think it is soo easy to run out there and get a job, well its not, you are a moron open your meek narrow minded eyes, one day it will happen to you, the sooner the better.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM in reply to Ignorance is BLISS
      Jobs are plentiful. It's just that they pay $8/hr. If it wasn't for the out of control spending that 8 might be worth something. Unfortunately every time Obama creates more money (increased spending) it devalues the dollars we worked hard for. A subtle form of theft. Perhaps if the self described 4th best President ever was not on another 17 day taxpayer funded multi-million dollar vacation he could fight for your right to other people's money....
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        by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:17 PM in reply to
        really if jobs are plentiful,then why is there a 8.6 unemployment!i wish you would really do some independent research and reading instead of being a faux minion sheep!
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          by Gene on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to
          First of all unemployment is much higher than 8.6%. That number has been a farce since the Carter administration. But honestly based on all the liberals who apparently think the government owes them something there are 25% of the people in this country who don't want a job. They want a hand out from the government who collect money from people who do work. If I had the time or the patience to explain to all the close minded liberals how "Wall Street" is the result of government meddling I would. But alas I do not have the stamina.
  • by Haha on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    Oh no. Unemployment benefits cut. Good. Go get a job. No more free fried chicken and watermelon.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:14 PM in reply to Haha
      so your implying that all unemployed are black people...fried chicken and watermelon....you are not only racist but disgustingly ignorant! you are one of the biggest problems in this country.....god help you!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    Good. If the Obama regime is going to spend it.....they must first take (steal) it from the taxpayer. At least the republicans are being semi honest.
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      by FDR on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM in reply to
      Your recurrent and obnoxious remarks are enervating !
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        by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM in reply to FDR
        Coming from a Internet person wearing the monikor of the 2nd worst president ever, makes it a badge of honour. Rumor has it there is a movement to reclaim the pyramid scheme description from Ponzi and rightfully give it to FDR. To commemorative the biggest pyramid scam ever, SocialSecurity.
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          by Ida Mae on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM in reply to
          I only paid in $25 and got out $25,000!!! What's the problem here? And dont go bringing up Galviston TX. Those anti-government shysters opted out in the early 80s. Who cares if getting government out of the equation allowed them to retired with lump sums of a million plus, it's the principle.
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          by FDR on Dec 20, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to
          Put your 8th grade education and 85 IQ to work and digest my previous post !
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          by Gene on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to
          Amen to that! FDR and company never meant for SS to be a retirement vehicle. It was a socialist minded way to generate revenue for other government programs. They set the retirement age for collecting SS about 7 years (cannot remember exact number) above the average life span of people at that time. They crunched the numbers and knew they would only have to pay about about 20% of what they stole from the taxpayers. Well that started to blow up on them with the Baby Boomers and the fact that us pesky Americans started living longer. OH NO we actually have to pay out the SS we never kept!!! That is now the way all politicians think.
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