Obama wants payroll tax extended for entire year

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
President Barack Obama says it would be “inexcusable” for Congress not to extend a payroll tax cut for the rest of 2012 when lawmakers return from their holiday break.

U.S. President Barack Obama announces the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in the briefing room of the White House in Washington October 21, 2011. Obama on Friday said the United States will fulfill its promise by pulling troops out of Iraq by year-end. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Washington (AP) – President Barack Obama says it would be “inexcusable” for Congress not to extend a payroll tax cut for the rest of 2012 when lawmakers return from their holiday break.

Obama made the demand in a brief statement at the White House on Saturday a short time after Senators passed legislation extending the Social Security payroll tax cut and long-term jobless benefits for just two months.

The bill, which awaits House action next week, sets the stage for another fight in February.

Obama says he’s pleased by the Senate’s approval, but he says extending the cut for the rest of 2012 “should be a formality” when Congress returns to work in 2012.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    About time the Republicans pushed to get the pipe line going and sustain the economics of this country. With all the oil, natural gas and coal available here in the US and Canada we don’t need to import anything that supplies energy. We just need the Communist Obozo regime to stay out of the peoples business. When are the impeachment trials for the corrupt Obozo justice department going to happen, they have enough to fire and jail all involved with the illegal “fast and furious” program that killed our citizens and law enforcement agents.
  • by Bozo must go on Dec 18, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    So tell us barry hussain obozo. How are you going to pay for this? Opps I forgot tax the rich again. 2012 will not be soon enough.
  • by SM Location: GJ on Dec 17, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    Stop the pipeline in ND. Why pump all our new reserves with the Canadian oil to Texas. Build a big refinery there. Cut 1400 miles off of it.
  • by Jerry Location: Orchard Mesa on Dec 17, 2011 at 07:18 PM
    Yeah Thanks OBAMA!Trying to help working people!Just let the GOP put us in the fuedal state!When do the treason trials start for Bush and Cheney?
  • by Gg Location: Rifle on Dec 17, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    The refinery jobs might increase by possibly 100 extra jobs but the oil is going to a port to be shipped to the world market and will not stay in this country. Canada is our biggest supplier now but if they can ship there oil anywhere in the world prices actually go up. If you want cheaper gas get speculators out of the market. Not a fan of Obama but it was the GOP that created the omnibus bill and tied legislation to keystone. That is a special interest and I don't support it . I don't care if the pipeline will or won't be built it is wrong to tie it to a defense or funding bill that's what's wrong. If it is going to be built they have to jump through the hoops everybody else has to not bribe congressman and public officials with campaign dollars. If congress could pass a clean bill it would be a miracle. And for the record the payroll tax Holliday is a bad idea also the average person doesn't even know it exists. 2% of a weekly salary for average folks is a cup of coffee a couple of times a week, it's just talking points for politicians while defunding social security. Obama might not be great but with the exeption of Ron Paul the rest of the GOP camidates scare the heck out of me. Romney I might consider but newt is a slimy good for nothing traveling salesmen. He would sell his soul to the devil if they
    Told him he was smart.
  • by Gary Location: Oklahoma City on Dec 17, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    This is just another example of big government having their way with us. They shove this 2 month package through in record time only because they want to be able to go off and enjoy their holidays and who cares about the American People. Duped again by the manipulators that control our lives. Two months and then we have to go through this again!! What a joke. I am tired of being led by the nose by this administration just for campaign purposes and reelection. We would have to be just plain stupid to reelect the current administration and go through another 4 years of this baloney.
  • by Gg Location: Rifle on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    On a generous estimate the pipeline would only create about 9500 jobs but most experts put it between 2500 to 4500 jobs most of which are temporary and would not be local jobs. What about all the trucking jobs that are lost and the oil goes to the open market which does not benifit us in the leas, and it actually is private property owners who don't want eminate domain to take their property. Think about it. Do you want the gov to take your property. Ron Paul for pres!!!!
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      by Nun on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:18 PM in reply to Gg
      Once the pipeline is built jobs will be created at the refinery. Jobs that will be there for 20 or 30 years. Dependence on middle eastern oil will be reduced (the money will stay on this continent). Are you suggesting everyone should suffer higher gas prices and shortages because of a very few property owners. Most of the pipeline passes through public lands. Besides the property owners will be compensated.
  • by Roughneck on Dec 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    I agree with you nun we need the jobs and oil so DRILL BABY DRILL
  • by Nun on Dec 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    Then Obama needs to stop pandering to the treehuggers and not block the keystone pipeline. We need the jobs and the oil.
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