Another day, another round of political power plays that put the livelihoods of everyday Americans at risk.

From USA Today:

The Republican-led House today rejected a Senate-passed bill that would extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for two months. The vote was 229-193. The tax cut and unemployment benefits expire Dec. 31.

If the benefits expire at the end of the year, 160 million Americans will see a tax increase while about 2.2 million long-term unemployed will see their benefits disappear. Medicare payments to physicians also will drop, raising concerns that doctors will limit their care to seniors.

The clincher here is that the bill was overwhelmingly supported by both parties in the Senate as well as by the White House. Those who voted against the bill cited the need for a “more responsible” approach to applying funds; instead of passing the current bill, which enacts a two-month extension to buy time and work out an ideal structure for the tax cut and for unemployment compensation, the GOP will only agree to at least a one-year long solution. In other words, they want it their way or no way at all.

In the meantime, the majority of American households will see the repeal of the tax cut that most of us have been factoring into our current earnings reflected in our first paychecks of the year; a household earning $50,000 a year will effectively see their taxes increase by about $1,000 next year, netting them $40 less with each paycheck, which doesn’t sound like a whole lot but every little bit helps. This, of course, comes in tandem with the loss of unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. Barack Obama held a press conference slamming the do-nothing congress, making it clear that “the clock is ticking…time is running out. And if the House Republicans refuse to vote for the Senate bill, or even allow it to come up for a vote, taxes will go up in 11 days.”

Watch Barack Obama’s response to this stalemate here.


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  • Mimi

    When will people realize that republicans are going to do whatever they have to do to go against Barack. If Barack says lets go this way, republicans will say we’re going the other way. It’s pathetic and sad that the only reason republicans are being so disagreeable is because they want to make Barack a one-term president.

  • d_nicegirl

    What amazes me is the weakness of the Democratic party. Where is the fight? It seems as though they feel helpless in the face of the Republican party. Why has there been absolutely no media outreach on this subject? If crafted correctly, the Democrats could begin to educate the American public and expose the true Republican agenda.

  • Whatever

    Good Cop vs Bad Cop.

  • Mocha

    I’m screwed..that’s all I got. On a local and fed level..I am screwed..smh.

  • Priceless34

    At the end of the day both parties are in the back room smoking cigars. When people wake up and realize this then they will understand the whole political system is a sham.
    They want to give you the illuision of different parties but it’s all the same.

    • You took the words right out of my mouth…or should I say, fingers…it’s all a lie…democrat/republican…all politicians are full of ish…I don’t have faith in any of them