Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said today that House Republicans oppose the Senate bill to extend for two months the payroll tax holiday and other measures, setting up a major legislative clash a week before Christmas.
A day after the Senate approved a hard-fought compromise and then adjourned for the year, the Speaker made clear in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that House Republicans will put forward their own bill instead. The House is set to reconvene Monday and could vote on the Senate bill and a House counterproposal by Tuesday.
“It’s pretty clear that I and our Members oppose the Senate bill,” Boehner said. “How can you do tax policy for two months? We believe it’s time for the Senate to work with the House to complete our business for the year.”
Boehner suggested the House and Senate could resolve their differences in a Conference Committee if the Senate declines to support the path forward favored by House Republicans. The legislation involves an extension of the payroll tax holiday, set to expire Dec. 31; continuing unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless; and stopping a scheduled pay cut to doctors who treat Medicare patients.
Translation: Oh no you don't, we're going to get everything we want now or else the Middle Class gets it. That's why it was vitally important to have the deal worked out in the Senate first, a deal that passed overwhelmingly. 89-10. On Saturday, Boehner called the Senate plan a "good deal" and a "victory". 24 hours later, he opposes it and promises it will get voted down.
The Tea Party nutjobs in the House will burn 160 million Americans to get what the 1% want.