McConnell: US House should pass 2 month payroll tax holiday extension

Politico:

In a blow to House Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has called on the House to pass a two-month payroll tax extension — while pushing Democrats to negotiate a full year extension of the tax break.

McConnell’s statement came just 30 minutes after Speaker John Boehner pledged that he and House Republicans weren’t backing down from their push for a one year extension of the tax, which expires Dec. 31.

Ouch.  McConnell isn’t willing to fall on his sword, and risk not winning back the Senate next year, for the far-right Tea Partiers in the House.  This puts Boehner in a bad position.  Now it’s a Republican vs Republican battle.  Drawing this out any longer only serves to hurt the GOP, and not the Democratic party.  The White House and the Dems in the Senate played this one well.  This is what it looks like to stand up to the Republicans and outfox them at their own game.


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