Reports coming out of Washington show that it appears as if the House GOP has blinked and will accept the Senate bill on the payroll tax cut.
In a statement sent out moments ago, Congressman Michael Grimm of Staten Island assailed his fellow Republicans, for as he put, having confidence in the trustworthiness of President Barack Obama.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said that negotiating with House Speaker John Boehner is like “trying to nail jello to the wall,” during an appearance on “Morning Joe” today.
“He keeps moving the goalposts back because he can’t control his caucus and they are running off a cliff and he is following and not leading.”
Over the weekend, President Barack Obama and the Senate struck a deal to extend the payroll tax cut for two-months. If the tax cut were allowed to lapse, it is expected to put a damper on the economy. Lower income voters would be the hardest hit. Speaker Boehner expressed support for the deal, but later recanted in the face of growing opposing among conservatives in the House.
He has instead been pushing for a year long extension of the kind that President Obama originally wanted but relented on in the face of Senate Republican opposition.
“Speaker Boehner has two choices and there are only two. The first is to pass the bill, the bipartisan bill that the Senate passed 89-10, vast majority of Republican, lot of Tea Party guts voted for it. The second is the middle tax cut will lapse and he will be responsible and I don’t think he wants that,” Mr. Schumer said.