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Payroll Tax Holiday

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Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley

It's unacceptable. Letting the payroll tax cut expire would not only take money away from struggling middle class families -- it would put a damper on job creation in our weak economy.

Senate Candidates Campaigning On Divisive Bill

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

It seems members of Congress up for re-election in 2012 aren't hesitating to use their stance on the payroll tax cut bill as a campaign play -- especi...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Find Silver Lining In GOP Opposition To Payroll Tax Deal | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many Democrats think House Republicans have given them an early political Christmas present by opposing the Senate deal to extend the mi...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extension With Keystone XL Provision | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - House Republicans are threatening to reject the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extension deal approved by the Senate, according t...

Michael McAuliff

Payroll Tax Cut Deal To Include Controversial Keystone Pipeline | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate negotiators agreed Friday to a two-month deal to extend unemployment benefits and the middle-class payroll tax cut, but Democrats...

Michael McAuliff

Payroll Tax Cut Extension: Leaders Near Deal | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders cut a deal to keep the government funded Thursday night, but extending a payroll tax cut and other items that expi...

Howard Fineman

White House Suggests A Short Tax Holiday | Howard Fineman | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Faced with (still) intransigent Republicans, the White House on Thursday floated an idea: that Congress extend the payroll tax cuts and ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Leaders Backdown From Latest Shutdown Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Striking a remarkably friendlier tone than a day before, Senate leaders Thursday backed off angry, confrontational threats of causing a ...

Sam Stein

White House Throws Curve Ball In Budget Negotiations | Sam Stein | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a move that could dramatically shake up late-stage budget negotiations in Congress, the White House on Wednesday night issued a publi...

House Republican Unemployment Insurance Proposal Acts As If Economic Slump Is Over

Chad Stone | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Chad Stone

Republicans must think the job market is improving rapidly and that the CBO is way off base in projecting that the unemployment rate will average 8.7 percent. How else can one explain their proposal to slash federal emergency unemployment insurance benefits?

Michael McAuliff

Payroll Tax Cut Fight Sparks Government Shutdown Threat | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders again raised the specter of a federal government shutdown Wednesday in the latest round of partisan brinksmanship over th...

Michael McAuliff

White House Promises Veto Of GOP Payroll Tax Extension | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House issued an unequivocal threat to veto the House Republican bill to extend the payroll tax cut Tuesday, condemning it as a...

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., ...

Fight Over Payroll Tax Plays Like Muppet Movie

Meredith Bagby | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Meredith Bagby

How dare Hollywood suggest that evil oilmen are ruining our communities or that monied interests squash the little guys? The sad truth is in that in today's political environment, the Muppets movie seems less like trumped-up propaganda and more like cinéma vérité.

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.

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 ...

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.

Stop Digging Us Into an Ever Deeper Hole! Or, How Not to Argue for the Payroll Tax Holiday

Lawrence Mishel | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Mishel

President Obama and many Democrats are making the case for an expansion of the payroll tax holiday primarily on the grounds of protecting middle-class families from a tax hike. This is intrinsically problematic even if it seems politically expedient.

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...

Does GOP Really Want to Increase Taxes on the Middle Class?

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Bad enough that the "do-nothing Republican Congress" is doing everything it can to oppose President Obama's agenda to create jobs. Taking $1,500 out of the pockets of everyday Americans gets downright personal.

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...

Shortening the War Would Pay for Half of the Payroll Tax Holiday

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

We're now spending well over $100 billion a year on the war. If we removed all "regular U.S. combat troops by the end of 2012, that could easily save well over $100 billion.

Michael McAuliff

Democrats Propose Tax Cut For Middle Class, New Tax For Millionaires | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are offering a bill that would cut taxes for most families next year by about $1,500, paying for the cut by taxing income abov...

Sam Stein

Retiring GOP Senator Comes Out Against Extending Payroll Tax Cut | Sam Stein | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

Though he no longer has to worry about his re-election, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) isn't moderating his views. The Arizona Republican, who is retiring fro...

A Vital Tax Table of the Holiday Season

Chuck Marr | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Chuck Marr

Every paycheck in America will shrink unless Congress acts to extend, and preferably expand, the payroll tax holiday by the end of the year.