payroll tax cut extension
Feb 17, 2012 — A roundup of some of Friday's political stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dec 9, 2011 — The Senate has again rejected proposals to extend the payroll tax holiday through next year, with Republicans objecting to using a "millionaires surtax" to pay for it. NPR tried to find millionaires who also object — but with little success.
Dec 7, 2011 — There's been quite a response to an earlier NPR story on concerns that the payroll tax holiday is undermining the Social Security program — everything from genteel but firm phone calls from the White House to angry emails from the press secretary of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Dec 5, 2011 — Congressional leaders from both parties say the payroll tax cut is a must-pass measure. It's just not entirely clear how it's going to happen.
Nov 30, 2011 — What politician wants to be on the side of not extending the very populist payroll tax holiday at a time when many Americans with jobs are struggling to pay their bills?Certainly not congressional Republican leaders who realize that's a dangerous spot to be in as your party gets ready to defend its House majority and try to gain control of the Senate in 2012.