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A New Hostage Taken In Payroll Tax Fight

Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics

A massive year-end spending deal hung in the balance late Monday as a frustrated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sought to use the package to win mo...

Inflicting Unnecessary Pain on America's Families

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Why would House Republicans attach environmental rollbacks and hold hostage a vital payroll tax legislation which will help the economy and millions of Americans? The sad truth is that they must be putting special interests first.

'Millionaire Job Creators Are Like Unicorns'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) compared millionaires who create jobs to unicorns Monday on the Senate floor. "Millionaire job creators ...

Ryan Grim

Republican Leader Wants To Call Obama's Bluff | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Sunday that President Obama was bluffing when he promised to veto an extension of the p...

Jason Linkins

Do The People The GOP Claims To Worry About Even Exist? | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

Back in September, our own Christina Wilkie teamed up with Shawn Alff of Creative Loafing to talk with some small-business owners in the Tampa, Fla., ...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Unveils Bill Packed With 'Poison Pills' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders on Friday rolled out their plan for advancing the two most pressing issues before Congress -- extending the pay...

Michael McAuliff

Democrats Launch Robocalls On Payroll Tax Cuts | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats emboldened by the belief that they are winning the debate on cutting payroll taxes -- an opinion echoed this week by Sen. John...

Michael McAuliff

House Defies Obama Veto Threat On Payroll Tax Cut, Adds 'Poison' Pipeline Provision (UPDATE) | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner heard President Obama's threat to veto a payroll tax cut if Republicans add a controversial pipeline project,...

'Holidays Come, Holidays Go'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the one-year payroll tax cut "was never intended to be permanent" at a press conference Wednesday on budget reform. "I...

Michael McAuliff

Reid: No Christmas Until Tax Cut Passes | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate and President Obama will not go on their Christmas vacations until Congress extends the expiring payroll tax cut, Senate Majo...

Extending Payroll Tax Cut Would Keep 1.1 Million People Out of Poverty

Arloc Sherman | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

The goal of a payroll tax holiday is to temporarily shore up consumer spending for working households; no one would mistake it for targeted antipoverty policy. Yet, it does have the added benefit of reducing poverty.

Michael McAuliff

McCain: GOP Getting 'Picked Apart' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are winning the message war over the payroll tax cut, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) declared Tuesday, conceding the GOP was getti...

Sam Stein

Congress, Norquist Contemplate Payroll Tax Cut That Isn't Paid For | Sam Stein | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the United States Senate considers yet another variation of the payroll tax cut, there appears to be little common ground over how th...

The Payroll Tax Cut Extension, the Republicans and Mitt Romney (et al)

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Extending the current payroll tax cut or holiday for another year is critical, even though there are numerous other complementary, and in some ways more effective, stimulus and job-creation initiatives that should be enacted as well.

Romney's Payroll Tax Cut Position Takes Another Turn

Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's position on payroll tax cuts took another turn on Monday. The New York Times reports that Romney came out in...

Michael McAuliff

Jon Kyl Raises Prospect Of Tax Hostage-Taking Again | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jon Kyl announced Monday what it will really take to extend a payroll tax holiday for the middle class: an extension of tax breaks ...

Michael McAuliff

Democrats Push New Payroll Tax Cut | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats offered their second plan to extend the payroll tax cut Monday, this time proposing a smaller tax on the wealthy to pay...

How to Avoid Being a Principled Republican on Taxes

Robert Reich | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

For years, the GOP has been telling us tax cuts pay for themselves by promoting growth. If they believe what they say, why should they worry about paying for a one-year extension of the payroll tax holiday? Surely it will pay for itself.

Elise Foley

Democratic Senator Says Payroll Tax Break Will Get Another Chance | Elise Foley | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will offer a new plan to extend the payroll tax br...

Friday Talking Points -- Fine With Me!

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to devote all the talking points this week to the efforts by Democrats to pass both the payroll tax holiday extension and a desperately needed unemployment insurance payment extension before the January 1 deadline.

Michael McAuliff

Senate Rejects Payroll Tax Cut Extension | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate failed Thursday to pass an extension of a payroll tax cut, leaving in limbo a break that saved working class households about...

Obama's Looking Good

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The president's stock is rising as he has stepped up his reelection efforts. And, barring another economic set back, his chances of winning a second term are improving. Meanwhile, with a month to go before the Iowa Caucuses, the Republicans are stumbling badly.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Plan Includes Soliciting Millionaires For More | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans unveiled a plan Wednesday to cut payroll taxes that asks the rich to pay more tax if they feel like it, freezes and c...

Michael McAuliff

Republican Senator Says Tax The Rich | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins broke party ranks Wednesday, supporting a tax hike on millionaires and billionaires in order to f...

Michael McAuliff

Scott Brown: Don't Pay For Payroll Tax Cuts | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) may have gotten a dose of populism for his showdown against Elizabeth Warren -- or maybe he prefers helping p...