On Tax Cut, Partisan Congress Plays With Fire
Lawmakers dance dangerously close to giving Americans the holiday blues
It’s a Tea Party-influenced, Republican-controlled House and filibuster-prone Senate. When will we learn?
Perhaps noted philosopher (err, former president) George W. Bush said it best:
Okay, maybe he didn’t say it best.
House Republicans seem to have missed the memo; Americans aren’t in the mood for reindeer games. President Barack Obama on Tuesday took to the bully pulpit to blast the GOP for bringing progress on the payroll tax cut to a screeching halt.
Obama from the White House press briefing room:
“Let’s not play brinksmanship. The American people are weary of it. They are tired of it. They expect better. I’m calling on the speaker and the House Republican leadership to bring up the Senate bill for a vote. Give the American people the assurance they need in this holiday season.”
View video of the president's full remarks here.
It’s likely, now that the payroll tax cut has been thrown to conference for further negotiation, that lawmakers in the House will come to an agreement in the remaining 11 days of the year.
Voters would be justified in sending Congress’ approval rating into the lowest of lows. As one side touts progress or heralds hard-fought compromise, the other side moves the goal post. While not all Republican lawmakers are on board with the week’s holiday shenanigans, all indicators suggest the GOP will pay more for failing to do Americans a solid.
Happy holidays, Congress.