Menendez: House Republicans To Blame If Middle Class Tax Hike Happens

WASHINGTON (AP / WCBS 880) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not renegotiate a year-long extension of payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits unless the House first approves a bipartisan two-month version that House Republicans strongly oppose.

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The Nevada Democrat’s remarks seemed to put the Senate on a collision course with the GOP-run House. Speaker John Boehner told reporters that he expects the House to reject the two-month bill Monday evening.

The Senate passed the shorter version on Saturday with strong support from senators of both parties and the backing of President Barack Obama. It had been negotiated by Senate leaders of both parties.

After that vote, House Republican lawmakers told their leaders that they strongly opposed the Senate bill. Boehner and other top House Republicans then said they opposed the Senate-approved bill.

Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey says, if middle class taxes are forced to go up, it is the House Republicans who are to blame, pointing out that the Senate bill passed 89 to 10, a rare show of bipartisanship.

“Republicans have been more engaged in standing up for those making over $1 million and saying they deserve to get a continuing tax cut versus giving middle class working families a tax cut that will ultimately spur this economy,” Menendez told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane on Monday.

Menendez ran down a list of experts who warned of another recession without the tax break and said Republicans have to make a choice.

What do you think about the payroll tax situation? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  1. Suzie says:

    What a greedy mess! We actually voted for these people to represent us & do a job! Disgraceful idiots! May they loose their seats in the next election.

  2. ted says:

    In the spirit of Christmas, my gift to Menendez is to withhold my personal thoughts on the kind of person and representative I think he is. Merry Christmas to all, and to those offended by those words…MERRY CHRISTMAS HO-HO-HO

  3. Linda Elsey says:

    The House voted on a Budget Bill for a year and sent it to the Senate, Reid refused to bring it to the floor , as he does everytime, then came up with his own, good for only two months, as obummer wanted. The Dems are the ones playing foul not the House Reps. Reid needs to go. He is so far up obummers butt they look out the same EYE-SOCKETS.

  4. BobbyONJ says:

    They’re simply taking advantage of ignorance and using the usual Liberla buzzwords. OWS!

  5. BobbyONJ says:

    Hey Roberto, why is it that under you and Frankie the plight of the underprivileged has not gotten better.. Maybe because you care so much for them that you want to keep their vote (and under your thumb). How do you two sleep at night? You take advantage of those that can’t care of them selves. You’re pathetic.

  6. V.C. says:

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    Ok, that’s better. Maybe its the name and not the post. Guess the liberals here now hate the ‘c’ word so much that it is now considered profane and thus not publishable .

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  8. Nick says:

    How is this a tax “hike”? They’re just going to stop under collecting taxes. Or is it the Democrat’s plan to hose over the greedy electorate by under collecting for Social Security now – just so that Social Security can go bankrupt that much sooner?

    1. Michael H. says:

      How is letting the Bush tax cuts expire a “tax hike”?

      Po-tay-to Po-tah-to

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