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Lack of deal on payroll tax cut upsets many

Posted December 21, 2011
Updated December 22, 2011

— The festive mood during the holiday season still can't mask growing taxpayer discontent with Congress regarding the stalemate over extending a payroll tax cut set to expire at the end of the year.

House Republicans insist on immediate talks on a full-year measure. Democrats insist the House adopt a bipartisan Senate plan for a 60-day extension and focus on the full-year plan when Congress returns from vacation in January.

Republican 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers has been named to the committee tasked with hammering out a compromise between the House and Senate proposals.

"We're ready to sit down and iron out these issues," Ellmers said from Washington, D.C.

She defends the House leadership's decision to reject the Senate plan for a short-term extension. She notes that House Republicans previously approved a longer extension, but the Senate killed that idea and then left Washington for the holidays after approving the shorter extension.

"It's not an issue of pointing the finger and running home for the holiday. We're still here. We're ready to work through Christmas and New Year's if we have to," she said. "We're trying to put that certainty back in for the American people. We understand that that is what the issue is."

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Clyde Bailey, owner of Bailey's Fine Jewelry in Raleigh, said Congress needs to put aside politics and extend the tax cut.

"It's time for them to stop playing the political game and care about the people who put them up there," Bailey said. "The consumer drives the economy – for the majority, they drive the economy – and if they've got that money, they're going to spend it."

Bailey's customers agree.

"We elect officials who are supposed to act like adults, but they're acting very much like children," Linda Pukenas said Wednesday.

"There are members of Congress who seem to be stone walling any sort of change," Tom Rhodes said.

Ellmers said she and her colleagues on Capitol Hill are "trying to everything we can" to reach a deal, but it has to be one that makes sense for the nation.

"If I vote for something I know is not good for (taxpayers) or good for business owners, then what am I doing?" she said.


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  • josephlawrence43 Dec 23, 2011

    Gotta wonder---if it is the Dims who only wanted a 60 day extension, as opposed to a year long/permanent cut supported by the Reps--why is everybody so hard on the Reps.?? This whole thing is simply another excuse for Obama to raid the Social Security Trust fund yet again--congress won't pass any tax increases, but Obama is bound and determined to do his best to spend this nation into the ground and will grab the money from wherever he can.

  • AlbertEinstein Dec 22, 2011

    A very clear example of why we should NOT allow lawyers to hold office other than in the judicial branch!

  • davidgnews Dec 22, 2011

    ".both sides, and particularly the Republicans, pick issues that motivate their 'base' first and benefit the country second."

    I think the latter is clearly much further down the list than 'second.'

  • Road-wearier Dec 22, 2011

    "Extremist politics is exactly the cause of the mess this country is in."

    Simply the most accurate statement seen in these forums in many many months...both sides, and particularly the Republicans, pick issues that motivate their 'base' first and benefit the country second.

  • beaupeep Dec 22, 2011

    Reid asked for 2 months.

    McConnell suggested the less insane 3 months.

  • BIlzac Dec 22, 2011

    Even the Republicans in our own legislature have shown that "No New Taxes" only applies to the wealthy. When our legislature decided to restore the state sales tax, they took money out of the pockets of citizens during one of the deepest recessions in our history.

    Yeah, it was supposed to be re-started by law. Just like the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy were supposed to expire. In the Republican ideaology, anything that helps those who already have is good - anything that helps those without is inherently evil. This is particularly true for those swept into office with the Tea Party movement, which, let's face it, was a cunningly clever effort by our nations fiscal elite to pass themselves off as common folk.

    Now the jig is up. I'm encouraged that so many posting here are recognizing the TRUE intent of the Tea Party movement. Extremist politics is exactly the cause of the mess this country is in.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 22, 2011

    I knew they'd bend over and give in. Way to let Harry & Nancy win another you scared mammals.

  • brod1983 Dec 22, 2011

    smbiz, "the two month thing" was proposed by McConnell. He is the Republican Senate leader. Check your facts.

  • itsnotmeiswear Dec 22, 2011

    "Obama has so much time to take a vacation in his home state that is costing us a fortune and we get to watch him buy his spoiled kids a Christmas present."

    Obama is in Washington.

  • davidgnews Dec 22, 2011

    "Your myopic views are typical of someone who always complains, who has all of the answers, but does nothing to rectify the problem, but only perpetuate it. "

    Funny, that's what YOU were doing. Merry Christmas !!