House GOP Plans To Reject Payroll Tax Cut Extension


With the Upper Chamber on break for the holidays, GOP members of the House are moving to shelve a bipartisan two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut that was cleared by the Senate, The Associated Press reported.

According to the news outlet, these Representatives are demanding that the Senate return to the Capitol for negotiations over the tax cuts. President Barack Obama’s tax initiative and other expiring measures include jobless benefits for roughly 1.8 million people who will lose them next month if Congress doesn’t act.

The AP reported that the House Republicans said they would move to set up an official House-Senate negotiating panel known as a conference committee instead of accepting the stopgap measure cleared by the Senate.

“Do you want to do something for 60 days that kicks the can down the road?” Representative Jeb Hensarling, (R-Texas) said in a statement. “Or do you want to do what the president asked us to do? And we’re people who don’t agree with the president all that often.”

CNN reported that if the measure is not passed in 12 days, the payroll tax cut that has saved a typical household $1,000 this year will expire.

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.