The House on Tuesday rejected a bipartisan Senate compromise to extend a payroll tax cut for two months, along with unemployment benefits, plunging Washington on the eve of Christmas into uncertainty about the fate of the tax cut enjoyed by 160 million workers.
On a vote of 229 to 193, the House set aside the Senate bill and requested a formal conference with the Senate, setting up a showdown with the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Obama, who has demanded that the House approve the short-term plan now to avoid a Jan. 1 tax hike....
.....In debate before the procedural votes that shelved the Senate bill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) charged that “the extreme tea party element of the Republicans in the House” was blocking an extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.....
If you recall, John Boehner assumed power in the House of Representatives with a huge gavel. It might be time for Boehner to use that large gavel on some of Tea Party Republicans. The Republicans refused to vote on the payroll tax break for the middle class and passed a vote to go to conference with the Senate (which has adjourned until next year).
You can see the list of Republicans that stood and refused to pass the payroll tax cut bill at the clerk's website :
|12:54:49 P.M.||H.R. 3630||On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendments, and request a conference Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 229 - 193 (Roll no. 946).|
The Republicans that voted to delay the vote include the following---- (Roll no. 946) --
Lungren, Daniel E.
Taxes will go up on 160 million Americans because the Republican Tea Partiers have hijacked the House of Representatives. Those of you in Ohio will note that Tiberi, Stivers, Renacci, Latourette, Austria, Johnson, Latta, Turner, Chabot, Jordan, Gibbs, and Schmidt voted yes, thereby refusing an up or down vote on the payroll tax cut extension. Shame on these radicals. Shame. Without an actual up or down vote on this bill, everyone's paycheck will include a tax increase. The more you make, the more taxes you will pay because the House Republicans refused to act.
The Republicans and Democrats in the Senate hammered out a compromise, but the Tea Party Republicans in the House have refused to accept that until they get their way.