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payroll tax cut extension

Feb 17, 2012 — A roundup of some of Friday's political stories.
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Feb 14, 2012 — The unexpected move was described by some as a cave by Speaker Boehner and his leadership team. But others interpreted the act as more of a crafty strategic retreat meant to accomplish at least two key ends. One, it was intended to prevent Republicans from incurring any more self-inflicted wounds on the issue. Two, it was meant to confuse Democrats, throw them off balance and divide them.
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Jan 25, 2012 — The White House says it makes no sense to link the controversial pipeline's fate to an extension of the payroll tax cut. Republicans say both issues are about jobs.
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Dec 23, 2011 — As with everything happening in Congress these days, the deal reached Thursday to pass a 2-month extension of a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed wasn't a "done deal" until one more step was taken.
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Dec 21, 2011 — At stake are billions of dollars in tax breaks and unemployment benefits for millions of Americans set to expire Jan. 1, after the House rejected a bill that would have extended jobless benefits and the payroll tax holiday for two months.
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Dec 20, 2011 — For the present impasse to work to the political advantage of House Republicans, Speaker John Boehner and the members of his Congress would have to convince enough of the public that it's Republicans, not Democrats, who are more concerned about the taxes middle-class Americans pay. That's a major challenge.
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Dec 20, 2011 — With the Senate in recess, the move leaves the bill in limbo and could mean that millions of Americans could lose their long-term unemployment benefits and see their taxes increase in January.
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Dec 19, 2011 — House Republicans got support for their stance that Congress pass a year-long extension of the payroll tax holiday instead of a two-month stopgap from those with a particular dog in the fight — the companies that process all that payroll data. The lobbying organizations for payroll processors said that a two-month extension of the payroll tax would be a processing nightmare.
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Dec 16, 2011 — A last-minute deal on spending avoids a partial government shutdown. But disagreements remain on the payroll tax and unemployment benefit issues.
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Dec 14, 2011 — Another holiday season finds the nation dealing with a seasonal tradition that's becoming as routine as background Christmas music at retail establishments, the threat of a federal government shutdown and congressional Republicans and Democrats locked in stalemate as they each try to gain the political upper hand.
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