Senate Democrats seem to have declared a war on Christmas break -- for the third year in a row -- vowing to stay in Washington over the holidays to push through business that hasn't passed during regularly scheduled sessions, including the payroll tax cut.This is about pressuring the GOP to accept a bad deal or risk being blasted in the media every minute of the day. Hopefully the GOP leadership realizes they can't win either way so they might as well hold out for something good. I'd love to see them pass a bill that includes the Keystone oil pipeline, even though Obama has threatened to veto it. Make him.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested President Obama was willing to stay home while his family goes on vacation to Hawaii so Congress can extend the payroll tax holiday.
"I'll paraphrase but I'm pretty close. He said Michele and the girls are gonna have a great time in Hawaii. They don't need me there," Reid told reporters.
The Nevada Democrat added: "I have a simple message for my Republican colleagues: We will make sure we pass this tax cut for the middle class before the end of the year. We're not going to leave town until it's completed, and I say to my Republican colleagues: We can do it the easy way or we can do it the hard way."
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York agreed.
"We're going to stay here as long as it takes to get this done," Schumer said. "We'd prefer to negotiate and come up with a bipartisan agreement that includes the tax break for the middle class, but if they won't agree to that we will stay here to Christmas or even to New Year's to get it done."
But a Senate Republican leadership aide suggested Democrats are stalling so they can use the pressure of a holiday deadline to push their agenda.
"It would sure help if (Reid) produced a bill that could pass either the House or the Senate," the aide told Fox News. "What are we doing this week that will finish Congress' work?"
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Here we go again:
Posted by Rick Moore on 12/08/2011