House Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extention with Keystone XL Pipeline … Will Obama Veto?


The US House of Representatives passed the payroll extension  234-to-193. H.R. 3630 was supported by 224 Republicans and 10 Democrats, that included the addition of the Keystone XL pipeline.  President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the bill. The question remains, why would Obama not want to further a “shovel” ready job project that would put many back to work? Isn’t this what he claimed his presidency was about, putting people back to work?

Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Tuesday passed a bill extending a cut in Social Security payroll taxes for 160 million Americans for another year. But the Democratic majority in the Senate vowed to reject the measure because of objections to other provisions, including one to speed construction of an oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

The 234-to-193 vote set the stage for negotiations between the House and the Senate that were likely to continue into the weekend.

Now we shall see whether President Barack Obama backs up his words and vetos the bill since it contains the Keystone XL pipeline. The Lonely Conservative thinks that he will not have to play Grinch, as US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will do so instead.

As it turns out, Obama may not have to veto anything, thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry  Reid (D-NV), who said that if Republicans include anything in the bill the Democrats don’t like he will allow the government to shut down. He’s tying the tax cut extension to the omnibus funding bill. The Hill reported:

Who shall blink first and who will get the blame if the payroll tax cuts are not extended?

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “House Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extention with Keystone XL Pipeline … Will Obama Veto?”

    1. Dolf on December 14th, 2011 10:49 am

      damn…imitating EU politics?

      cause the crisis here should have been fixed 3 months ago.

      France blinked first last weekend.

      so now the story is that they are going to enforce the rules they set in place a decade ago :/

    2. Tamikosmom on December 14th, 2011 11:51 am

      The Pipeline Project is step in the right direction for Canada and the States on so many levels.


      House Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extension With Keystone Pipeline Provision
      Published December 13, 2011

      WASHINGTON – Defiant Republicans pushed legislation through the House Tuesday night that would keep alive Social Security payroll tax cuts for some 160 million Americans at President Barack Obama’s request — but also would require construction of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that has sparked a White House veto threat.

      Passage, on a largely party-line vote of 234-193, sent the measure toward its certain demise in the Democratic-controlled Senate, triggering the final partisan showdown of a remarkably quarrelsome year of divided government.

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      Published December 13, 2011

      A high-ranking Iranian official has said Iran’s military will practice sealing off the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil transport channel, in a provocative move that illustrates Iran’s capability of disrupting the world’s oil supply.

      The announcement Monday by Parviz Sarvari sent oil prices up about $3 to $100 a barrel based on the speculation of a disruption during the military drills, Bloomberg reported.

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    3. Tamikosmom on December 14th, 2011 12:04 pm


      Red … another liberal double standard. Imagine the same analogy begin applied to President Obama by a prominent Republican politician. All “you know what” would break loose across the land.


      December 13, 2011 1:13 PM
      Axelrod V. Gingrich: “The Higher A Monkey Climbs Up A Pole, The More You See Of His Butt”

      Citing a line he first heard years ago from a Chicago alderman, chief strategist David Axelrod suggested Gingrich’s personal and professional baggage, not to mention his “penchant for provocation,” may wear thin in the weeks ahead – and especially in the general election.

      “The higher a monkey climbs up a pole the more you see of his butt,” Axelrod needled. “The Speaker is very high up the pole right now and we’ll have to see if people enjoy the view.”

      Axelrod Calls Newt a Monkey
      December 13, 2011

      RUSH: If anybody on the Republican side said that about Obama, it would be over. But, you can say it about Newt. “The higher a monkey climbs on the pole, the more you can see his but.”

    4. SUPER DAVE on December 14th, 2011 1:54 pm

      so, Obama and his thug party will allow the government to shut down ? who cares, he doesn’t know what he’s supposed to be doing there anyway?
      it should be called The New Democrat Thug Party.

    5. A Texas Grandfather on December 14th, 2011 3:30 pm

      The Republicans need to hold steadfast to their position. If they cave now, they will show the people how weak they are.

    6. Tamikosmom on December 14th, 2011 10:41 pm


      Texas Grandfather

      Cris Christie? What about Allen West? What do you think.

      Larry Sabato: Chris Christie Could Jump In Race In February

      Larry Sabato, an election prognosticator, predicts another candidate may jump in the race in February. He also says the Republican nominating process may go all the way to the convention in late summer.

      Sabato says since a lot of February primaries have moved up to January not much is going on voting-wise that month. This may lead to another candidate, Republican or third-party, jumping in the race.

    7. SUPER DAVE on December 15th, 2011 3:01 pm

      the higher a democrat climbs a pole, the better you can see his head up his a$$.

    8. Tamikosmom on December 16th, 2011 8:30 pm

      Senate Reveals Payroll Tax Cut Plan
      Published December 16, 2011

      Senate leaders reached a tentative agreement Friday night on legislation to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months while requiring President Barack Obama to accept Republican demands for a swift decision on the fate of an oil pipeline that promises thousands of jobs.

      A vote is expected to be held as early as Saturday on the measure.

      Any deal would also require House passage before it could reach Obama’s desk.

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