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Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Social Security for the Life-Cycle

Alan A. Aja | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Alan A. Aja

While we applaud Senator Warren and Paul Krugman for their unequivocal stance not to cut but to expand the benefits of social security, we believe we can be much bolder.

Salaried Employees Will Earn 2 Percent Less Per Paycheck in 2013 | Posted 07.15.2013 | Small Business

Americans saw a payroll tax increase on January 1, 2013, due to the expiration of the payroll tax holiday, a temporary tax break voted into law in the hopes of stimulating the economy.

Raise the Minimum Wage or Cut Low-Wage Taxes?

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.19.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

President Obama just called for an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour. Yet he made no effort to save the "temporary stimulus" 2% payroll tax cut. So what's better for low-wage workers: an increase in the minimum wage or a decrease in payroll taxes?

Yes, Your Paycheck Really Is Shrinking

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2013 | Business

* Payroll tax hike could suck $125 billion from households * Higher taxes to keep economic growth lackluster * Americans...

Good News: The Payroll Tax Cut Is Now Part of the Tax Debate

Chuck Marr | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Chuck Marr

One of the most troubling aspects of the current tax debate has been that policymakers have almost completely ignored the about-to-expire payroll tax cut. Not any more.

Democrats Are Wrong: Extending the Payroll Tax Is Neither Good Economics Nor Good Politics

Max Richtman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

Too many in Washington seem obsessed with using Social Security's revenues as the solution for a whole host of fiscal problems that have nothing to do with the Social Security program.

On Behalf of the 1%, the Best Bargain Since Manhattan

J.H. Snider | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
J.H. Snider

Unmentioned is that the payroll-tax cut bill, by bipartisan agreement, sets in motion a much larger transfer of public assets to the top 1%.

Unemployment and Poverty in America

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the historic Social Security Act of 1935, unemployment insurance has kept American families from falling into poverty. Seventy seven years later, this vital lifeline for unemployment insurance recipients continues to be weakened.

Republicans: Against It Before They Were for It

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In a presidential election year, Boehner & Co. surrendered to a simple calculus: the 99 percent has something that the 1 percent doesn't -- more votes. Way more.

Friday Talking Points -- Milbank's Unfunny Puns

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The line between certain types of comedy and the political/media world should be brighter than ever. This is a lesson Dana Milbank of the Washington Post apparently has yet to learn.

Jason Linkins

John Boehner Is Upset That The Payroll Tax Cut Extension Means That Mere Ordinary Americans Will Have More Money | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

As you know, the White House's pursuit of a payroll tax cut extension, which many believed (based on their observation of how Washington has been work...

Michael McAuliff

House, Senate Pass Payroll Tax Cut Extension | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress passed the extension of the payroll tax holiday Friday, voting overwhelmingly to continue the 2 percent break and extend emerge...

Michael McAuliff

Congress Agrees On Payroll Tax Cut, Unemployment Extension | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiators reached a final deal to extend the popular payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, with Republicans agreeing...

Michael McAuliff

Congress Agrees On Payroll Tax Cut, Unemployment Extension | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiators reached a final deal to extend the popular payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, with Republicans agreeing...

Arthur Delaney

Payroll Tax Deal Would Allow Drug Testing, Reduce Unemployment To 73 Weeks [UPDATE] | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The maximum duration of unemployment insurance would gradually fall from 99 weeks to 73 weeks over the course of the year under the payr...

Luke Johnson

Congress Nears Deal On Payroll Tax Cut, Unemployment Extension | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress was close to a deal to extend a popular payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, according to several reports. The pending...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Urges Members To Be Less Extreme, More Political | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The potential Republican retreat from a hard-line stance on extending the payroll tax cut comes as GOP leaders have been quietly urging ...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Raises Pressure On GOP To Extend Payroll Tax Cut, Jobless Benefits | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is going on the offense Tuesday, raising pressure on congressional Republicans to extend the payroll tax cut and ...

Luke Johnson

House GOP Offers Deal In Big Fight | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House GOP leaders announced Monday they were putting forward a "backup plan" that would extend the payroll tax cut for 10 months, while ...

Reid Hits Back Against GOP Measure Targeting Marginalized Group

Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Republicans are looking to deny child tax credits to undocumented immigrants--refund checks av...

Michael McAuliff

Schumer: GOP Congress Has Lost The Art Of Obstruction | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans have lost their roadblock mojo, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said Thursday, suggesting GOP members may be try...

Boehner Expresses Regrets Over Payroll Tax Cut Fight

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

Speaker of the House John Boehner admitted Wednesday that his strategy in last year's fight over extending the payroll tax cut was mistaken. "We we...

Boehner Prepares To Do End-Run Around Tea Party

Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics

By Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON--House Speaker John Boehner, hoping to spare fellow Republicans a second embarrassing defeat over pa...

Allen West: House GOP Leadership 'Sold Us Down The Road'

Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Friday claimed that Republican leadership had sold the party "down the road" by agreeing to a two-month deal to extend the...

Social Security: Secure with Obama?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Republicans handed Obama a tactical victory when they agreed to extend the payroll tax cut on Obama's terms. But maybe it's Democrats who've set themselves a trap. What if the president's partisan victory is actually hollow?