The Republican-led House of Representatives will set the stage on Tuesday for a showdown with Senate Democrats over a payroll tax cut extension that is becoming a proxy for 2012 election year battles.The thing is, Obama wanted a year-long deal. He didn't want a short term deal that would require new negotiations almost immediately. Obama wants to kick as many things as possible down the road past the election, so in some ways Boehner is doing him a favor.
The tax legislation has become the latest in a string of battles in Congress this year, all of which have contributed to widespread public discontent with Washington politicians.
When the House votes on Tuesday it will in effect be rejecting a bill that passed the Senate overwhelmingly on Saturday and calling for formal negotiations with the Democratic-led Senate.
The Senate bill would set a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut with the aim of crafting a full-year tax cut extension early next year.
The House move will cast doubt on the future of the popular payroll tax cut, which is caught up in a high-stakes game of brinkmanship between the two political parties that some say could backfire.
Washington gridlock is fueling an anti-incumbent mood among voters heading into next year's elections.
"Our members do not want to just punt and do a two-month short-term fix where we have to come back and do this again," House Speaker John Boehner said late on Monday after a closed meeting with fellow Republicans.
Harry Reid will undoubtedly have a major snit over this and probably will refuse to call the Senators back to D.C. Should be very entertaining.