Saturday, February 18, 2012

Payroll tax bill

  • Obamas coveted renewal of the payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more caps a five-month campaign-style drive against reluctant Republicans.
  • (Philadelphia Daily News)
  • The North Coasts two Democratic Congress members resisted the tide of bipartisan support for renewing a Social Security payroll tax cut Friday, voting against the main legislation on President Barack Obamas jobs agenda.
  • (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
  • In a rare bipartisan move, Congress approved a sweeping $150 billion package to extend a payroll tax holiday, jobless benefits and Medicare doctor payments today, giving the Obama administration a key policy win.
  • (Roll Call Online)
  • Washington -- The House of Representatives today easily approved an extension of this years payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans despite no votes by some conservative Republicans, including Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle.
  • (Syracuse Post-Standard)
  • Congress swiftly passed a bill Friday extending the payroll tax cut through the end of the year, ending a months-long tug of war with an unusual bipartisan accord.
  • (Chicago Tribune)
  • Cory Gardner of Yuma and Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs. In addition to the payroll-tax measure, the bill extends unemployment insurance and lengthens the so-called doc fix for physicians taking Medicare patients.
  • (Denver Post)
  • WASHINGTON — A compromise bill extending a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed should be enacted, but it's not going to help the economy very much, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.
  • (Times-Argus)
  • St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesotas House delegation split on a payroll tax cut extension, and not entirely along party lines. The bill that will save most American families about $1,000 this year passed both houses of Congress Friday.
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