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January 29, 2012
There is broad agreement on doing the payroll tax holiday through the end of the year … The problem is paying for it. … (Democrats) just don’t want to cut any spending. That is what made it problematic. But we will get it done. We will get it done before the end of February.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell • Emphasizing that the payroll tax cuts that proved a thorn in the GOP’s side back around Christmas will get extended through the new year, no matter how many arms McConnell has to twist. The thing is, though, he’s not the guy who has to do the hard work. It’s Boehner in the House, who pissed off his rightward-leaning members by ignoring their wishes to score a deal. However, even Boehner is confident: “I’m confident that we’ll be able to resolve this fairly quickly,” he said. The tax cuts expire at the end of February, but there’s no word on how they plan to pay for this. source (viafollow)
12:17 // 2 years ago
January 24, 2012
The romance, rekindled.

The romance, rekindled.

20:44 // 2 years ago
December 23, 2011
John Boehner feeling pressure from caucus over payroll tax-cut fracas
Boehner also felt pressure outside his caucus to not listen to his caucus, because they were about to hand Obama the election. All sorts of pundits have been saying this. For example, Karl Rove: "I think the speaker retains the enthusiastic support of the vast majority of the people in his caucus. And the people who … in the last couple of days who have been upset with him are in no place to mount any kind of a coup or a leadership attempt." Protip, John: Listen to Karl Rove.

Boehner also felt pressure outside his caucus to not listen to his caucus, because they were about to hand Obama the election. All sorts of pundits have been saying this. For example, Karl Rove: "I think the speaker retains the enthusiastic support of the vast majority of the people in his caucus. And the people who … in the last couple of days who have been upset with him are in no place to mount any kind of a coup or a leadership attempt." Protip, John: Listen to Karl Rove.

20:34 // 2 years ago
I promise you, the American people, your voices made a difference on this debate. You reminded people in this town what this debate and what all of our debates should be about: It’s about you; it’s about your lives; it’s about your families.
President Obama • Speaking about the debate around the payroll tax cuts, which finally reached his desk today after a solid week of hand-wringing by the House GOP. Here’s the plan from here on out, according to the president: “We’re going to have to roll up our sleeves together, Democrats and Republicans, to make sure that the economy is growing and to make sure that more jobs are created.” Think he’s making headway? source (viafollow)
14:28 // 2 years ago
December 22, 2011
A rare concession: House GOP loses on payroll tax-cut issue
The GOP lost one. The tell-tale signs were everywhere. On a day where John Boehner lost support from the GOP establishment on blocking a payroll tax-cut plan — which mind you, was just for two months, and otherwise would’ve been a big GOP victory because of the Democratic concessions made — the political kayfabe finally gave way to inevitability. Here’s how it went down. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, that guy who takes all the GOP politician photos on Flickr)
cause For months, Republicans were soft on the idea of extending payroll tax cuts into 2012, a key issue for Democrats, because they thought it didn’t stimulate the economy. Eventually, the Senate passed a limited extension, but the House wouldn’t go for it.
reaction For days, House speaker John Boehner faced significant pressure over the House’s stance, and eventually his own party started criticizing the late-December move, which they believed could give the Democrats major leverage in 2012.
result Today, Boehner  gave in, with the House speaker allowing for a voice vote on the issue. “We have fought the good fight,” Boehner said. “Why not do the right thing for the American people even though it’s not exactly what we want?” source
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The GOP lost one. The tell-tale signs were everywhere. On a day where John Boehner lost support from the GOP establishment on blocking a payroll tax-cut plan — which mind you, was just for two months, and otherwise would’ve been a big GOP victory because of the Democratic concessions made — the political kayfabe finally gave way to inevitability. Here’s how it went down. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, that guy who takes all the GOP politician photos on Flickr)

  • cause For months, Republicans were soft on the idea of extending payroll tax cuts into 2012, a key issue for Democrats, because they thought it didn’t stimulate the economy. Eventually, the Senate passed a limited extension, but the House wouldn’t go for it.
  • reaction For days, House speaker John Boehner faced significant pressure over the House’s stance, and eventually his own party started criticizing the late-December move, which they believed could give the Democrats major leverage in 2012.
  • result Today, Boehner  gave in, with the House speaker allowing for a voice vote on the issue. “We have fought the good fight,” Boehner said. “Why not do the right thing for the American people even though it’s not exactly what we want?” source

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20:08 // 2 years ago
The House should pass an extension that locks in the thousands of Keystone XL pipeline jobs, prevents any disruption in the payroll tax holiday or other expiring provisions, and allows Congress to work on a solution for the longer extensions.
Mitch McConnell also threw John Boehner under the bus regarding the payroll tax cut. He follows Karl Rove.
12:16 // 2 years ago
December 19, 2011
In case you wanted an excuse to rip out your hair this morning, here you go: House Republicans balked on the Senate’s payroll tax-cut extension, which passed their chamber without issue on Friday but now is suddenly the target of 11th hour drama in the House. The Senate’s already gone home, so re-herding the cats would be very tough at this point. But on the other hand, Democrats can easily pin the blame for this one. Anyway, House Republicans: Do you guys not know the definition of “Christmas”?

In case you wanted an excuse to rip out your hair this morning, here you go: House Republicans balked on the Senate’s payroll tax-cut extension, which passed their chamber without issue on Friday but now is suddenly the target of 11th hour drama in the House. The Senate’s already gone home, so re-herding the cats would be very tough at this point. But on the other hand, Democrats can easily pin the blame for this one. Anyway, House Republicans: Do you guys not know the definition of “Christmas”?

9:11 // 2 years ago
December 6, 2011

Occupy Congressional Offices: A variety of protest groups, including OurDC and OccupyDC, managed to make things fun and interesting at various Congressional offices today, most notably those of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. For what it’s worth, Boehner’s spokesperson welcomed the protests: ”We respect their right to voice their opinions … The Speaker understands the American people want a government that listens to their concerns and works together to help create a better environment for job growth.”

21:06 // 2 years ago
September 18, 2011
pantslessprogressive:

The Tea Party vs. The House Speaker
John Boehner has a primary challenger. Tea Party activist David Lewis announced his candidacy for Ohio’s 8th congressional district Friday. He will challenge House Speaker John Boehner for his current seat.
From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

“I’m not delusional. I don’t know if I have a chance at beating the Speaker of the House,” Lewis said Friday. “But what I can do is show the Ohio voters that Boehner has a box full of empty rhetoric. He doesn’t really vote for his convictions. He’s an establishment Republican. He doesn’t believe in the tea party. He doesn’t really believe in the pro-life issues.”

Lewis says he’s running against Boehner with one particular issue in mind: abortion. His stance on Planned Parenthood? He calls the organization “the largest killer of unborn babies in America.” And yes, that is a photo of a fetus on his website’s homepage.

Good for him. The world needs more primary challengers, even ones for the most prominent politicians in the country.

pantslessprogressive:

The Tea Party vs. The House Speaker

John Boehner has a primary challenger. Tea Party activist David Lewis announced his candidacy for Ohio’s 8th congressional district Friday. He will challenge House Speaker John Boehner for his current seat.

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

“I’m not delusional. I don’t know if I have a chance at beating the Speaker of the House,” Lewis said Friday. “But what I can do is show the Ohio voters that Boehner has a box full of empty rhetoric. He doesn’t really vote for his convictions. He’s an establishment Republican. He doesn’t believe in the tea party. He doesn’t really believe in the pro-life issues.”

Lewis says he’s running against Boehner with one particular issue in mind: abortion. His stance on Planned Parenthood? He calls the organization “the largest killer of unborn babies in America.” And yes, that is a photo of a fetus on his website’s homepage.

Good for him. The world needs more primary challengers, even ones for the most prominent politicians in the country.

(via pantslessprogressive)

20:57 // 3 years ago
September 9, 2011

thegayrepublican:

In which John Boehner tells Joe Biden, his apparent best buddy, about his best game of golf EVER.

16:28 // 3 years ago