With a vote of 239-193 the House of Representatives set aside the Senate Payroll Tax Cut Bill that had extended the tax cuts and unemployment benefits for two months with a vote of 89-10. House Republicans are hoping to hold out for a one year extension, which was the bill the House passed last week.
Shortly after the vote President Obama called on House Republicans to put politics aside and allow a vote on the Senate bill. Interestingly enough, Obama wanted a one year extension earlier last week, but settled for the two months bill, including the provision to make a decision on the XL Keystone pipeline within 60 days.
“Let’s not play brinksmanship. The American people are weary of it. They’re tired of it, I’m calling on the speaker and the House Republican leadership to bring up the Senate bill for a vote and give the American people the assurance they need in this holiday season,” Obama said.
John Boehner fired back at Obama, saying:
“President Obama needs to call on Senate Democrats to go back into session, move to go to conference, and to sit down and resolve this bill as quickly as possible. We’ve done our work for the American people. Now, it’s up to the president and Democrats in the Senate to do their job as well.”
Boehner has appointed eight members to the conference committee. It is
not clear where this will go from here. If Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader does not reconvene the Senate for a Conference meeting of the bill, where will Speaker Boehner take this? Right now that is anybody’s guess.