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Bill USA Donating Member (628 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 04:51 PM
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GOP filibusters Dem's COMPROMISE Payroll Tax-cut extension bill
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http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/gop-filibust...



Another pair of dueling bills failed in the Senate Thursday as Democrats keep up the pressure on Republicans to break ranks and support a payroll tax cut for workers paid for largely by imposing a modest surtax on income over $1 million.

Though most GOP senators oppose extending and deepening the current payroll tax cut, set to expire January 1, 2012, enough of them back the idea that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell paired the Democrats bill with competing legislation that proposes paying for the tax holiday by shrinking the federal workforce by 10 percent, freezing federal pay, and means-test federal support programs, including Medicare, for wealthy Americans. Before the votes the Obama administration issued official policy statements announcing support for the Dem bill, and opposition to the GOPs.

The vote on the Democrats bill was 50-48 the narrowest majority, but not enough to overcome a GOP filibuster. One Republican, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) crossed the aisle to vote with most Democrats.

The GOP bill went down in flames, 22-76. Identical legislation received only 20 GOP votes last week in both cases, a minority of the Republican caucus.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 04:54 PM
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1. Vote them out to be replaced by Democrats. nt
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 04:58 PM
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2. Gulags??
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Dont call me Shirley Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 05:12 PM
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3. Bitch McCONnell smug and arrogant as usual
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 07:40 PM
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4.  The effect of brainwashing
The American citizens(mostly republicans) that support the greed of the super wealthy are so damn stupid,it's beyond stupidity,it's mental illness.
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Kashka-Kat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:08 PM
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5. The Dems are wrong here. Theres a reason why FICA was not set up to be a progressive tax
To fund it out of general revenue puts it in a more precarious, vulnerable position.

It pains me to say just how WRONG the Dems are - they should never have started messing around with (or de-funding) social security.

We need to be defending the New Deal, not undermining it.
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