A bipartisan negotiated two-month extension of payroll tax cuts and extended unemployment benefits, passed by the Senate on Saturday, looks doomed to fail if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, follows through with his insistence that the House vote it down late Monday.
Boehner favors a new move for a one-year bill. Boehner, who said in a Bloomberg report that he was “tired” of “kicking the can down the road,” is determined to push for a one-year extension of the tax cut instead. Senate negotiators were unable to agree on how to pay for a one-year extension, and approved the two-month bill instead in a vote of 89-10.
While some Republicans in the House voiced surprise that a better deal wasn’t produced in the Senate, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., in a New York Times report, called House Republicans’ action “irresponsible and wrong,” adding in a statement, “The refusal to compromise now threatens to increase taxes on hard-working Americans and stop unemployment benefits for those out of work. During this time of divided government, both parties need to be reasonable and come to the negotiating table in good faith. We cannot allow rigid partisan ideology and unwillingness to compromise stand in the way of working together for the good of the American people.”