Dec 14, 2011

McCarthy: Payroll Tax Bill Now on Reid’s Shoulders

FYI –

  • “We just took a vote that was bipartisan. Democrats voted for this bill as well,” McCarthy said on Fox News. “It takes things that the president asked for, it takes things that Republicans asked for, and lo and behold that’s how the founders created the government.”
  • Obama has threatened to veto their legislation and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it will never pass the upper chamber. Reid is “picking politics over people,” McCarthy said. “All the determination of what takes place is whether he’ll pick [the bill] up and move it.”

McCarthy: Payroll Tax Bill Now on Reid’s Shoulders

The Hill

Alicia M. Cohn

December 14, 2011

http://thehill.com/video/house/199285-mccarthy-payroll-tax-bill-now-on-reids-shoulders

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the majority whip in the House, said Tuesday night that Republicans are giving Democrats what they asked for while Democrats are attempting to hold progress on the payroll tax cut “hostage.”

A major battle playing out in Congress over the payroll tax cut extension President Obama has pushed for came to a head Tuesday night when House Republicans pushed through their version of the bill.

“We just took a vote that was bipartisan. Democrats voted for this bill as well,” McCarthy said on Fox News. “It takes things that the president asked for, it takes things that Republicans asked for, and lo and behold that’s how the founders created the government.”

Ten Democrats voted for the bill which passed the House in a 234-193 vote on Tuesday night.

Obama has threatened to veto their legislation and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it will never pass the upper chamber.

Reid is “picking politics over people,” McCarthy said. “All the determination of what takes place is whether he’ll pick [the bill] up and move it.”

Obama’s veto threat also accused House Republicans of playing politics with their bill. According to the White House, the Republican bill is far less substantial than Obama’s proposal which also expands the payroll tax cut program.

“This is a temporary [tax cut], so it’s not going to last forever, but this is something the president asked for,” McCarthy said.

The payroll tax cut expires at the end of the year, so Congress only has a few weeks left to pass the extension.

House Republicans’ version of the payroll tax cut extension legislation includes a measure that would force the administration to fast-track a decision on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Obama has delayed the decision on the controversial project until after the 2012 election.

“The president has to make a decision,” McCarthy said. “Such hypocrisy. Here’s a president who campaigns across the country, saying, ‘We can’t wait.’ Then he says, ‘I can’t make a decision.'”