Congress Sends Payroll Tax Cut Bill to White House

Congress has passed legislation renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barack Obama's jobs agenda in a rare burst of Washington bipartisanship.

The Senate approved the $143 billion measure by a bipartisan 60-36 vote. That tally came minutes after the House approved it by a sweeping 293-132 vote.

Obama is expected to sign it into law shortly after returning from a West Coast fundraising swing.

Under Friday's measure, workers would continue to receive a two percentage point increase in their paychecks and people out of work for more than six months would keep jobless benefits averaging about $300 a week. It would also head off a steep cut in reimbursements for physicians who treat Medicare patients.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by obamanot on Feb 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
    Great!3&1/2 years ago every man woman and child owed $35K towards the debt now after amabo signs this it will be almost $80K.This is a good thing aint it bralow?Pinnochiobama said he would cut the dificit in half when running for president in 08 and called President BUSH unpatriotic for his spending spree but yet he has spent twice what BUSH has.What does that make pinnochiobama?An unpatriotic lying traitor?I would say so.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
    Thank you Repugs! See you can play nice when you're forced to. And as far as paying for this, the Democrats proposed paying for it by taking back just a portion of the rich people tax cut. BUT the Repugs would rather not pay for it than take a penny from their rich friends. In any event, this will help working people and that is a good thing.
  • by It's all a sham!!! on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM
    So, as a female over 50 getting ready to retire in the not too distant future, this "payroll tax cut" is nothing more than less money for my retirement. I have paid into social security for about 36 years and will never live long enough to even see half the money I put into it. My father passed away at the age of 48 and my mother (who also worked) passed away at the age of 52, BOTH paid into the social security system and my family received one, one time death benefit of about $250.00 for each. THIS SYSTEM IS A PONZI SCHEME. The government continues to spend OUR money on frivelous spending and handouts to those who never paid in and when it is time for me to retire, I would be willing to bet I will get a fraction of what I was promised. They should change the system where EVERY PENNY PLUS INTEREST is paid to the estates of those who pass away with no dependent children or spouse to collect AND, with very few exceptions, pay NOBODY who has not paid in. The way it is now, it is nothing but thievery, plain and simple thievery!!!!
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      by To it's all a sham on Feb 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM in reply to It's all a sham!!!
      If your parents had had minor children, they would have received SS benefits. Otherwise, SS isn't a life insurance policy for the family, it is for those who contributed. Widows and widowers do receive benfits from the deceased partner's SS. You are complaining about government spending, but are mad because you weren't paid for your parents? Sounds like a personal problem to me!
  • by Lubba Location: Um on Feb 17, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    If I am wrong please correct me....this tax cut puts more in your check, but at the end of the year, instead of getting alittle back, you may have to pay. I am pretty sure this is the tax break we are all getting, but in reality it's just your money anyway at a different time......And we are suppose to be proud of the prez, and all the other politiicans for doing this to help us..........What a bunch of foolish people we are, VOTE THEM ALL OUT!!!!!!!!CROOKS!!! Middle class loses again, the rich get richer...thank you Bush thank you Obama for nothings again.......The bad thing is, the other canidiate is not much better....4 more years of middle class misery whoever you vote for.
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      by Funny Bone on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM in reply to Lubba
      Yes Lubba, you are correct, thats why they call it a "payroll" tax cut instead of a income tax cut. The funny thing is that 99 percent of the people think it's the government helping them out when in reality in the end of the the year, you may have to pay the Fed's money instead of getting some back.......I agree, every one of those bums needs to be voted out.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM in reply to Funny Bone
        And another misinformed Fox, Beck, Rush Zombie.
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          by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM in reply to
          Why, did the "good guys" over at MSNBC say something different? Ha, Ha, Ha!!!
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      by Cant help myself on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM in reply to Lubba
      If it makes you happy, donate yours to charity.
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      by Joe on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to Lubba
      You are wrong. These are cuts on FICA and Medicare not Federal Income tax. Maybe it would help if instead of just shooting off at the mouth, do a little research so you know what you are screaming about and not just looking like a fool.
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        by Lubba on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM in reply to Joe
        I said if I was wrong please correct me, thank you, unlike you with the name calling, I have advanced out of the stone age.....or teen age, whichever fits
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        by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 at 01:40 AM in reply to Joe
        What do you think FICA means? FICA is federal income tax, I'm sure if you look at one of your paycheck stubs (if your employed) you will see that there are no deductions that say federal income tax, however, you will see FICA and Social Security taxes. Who is the fool now?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to Lubba
      Another misinformed Fox News viewer.
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      by YEP!!! on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM in reply to Lubba
      They finally agree to spend more money we don't have!! YEAH!!Tax & spend left and spend and borrow right. BOTH are crooks working for lobbyist becoming millionares from our hard work!! Yet sheep like Obama Snake Oil Co and all her alias and Lavon/Barlow and all his AKAs spew the propaganda of their respective partys and refuse to see/admit the truth that their partys are ruining this country by selling us out to lobbyists/PACs!! Face it ALL incumbents REGARDLESS of party needs to go every election cycle until we can get campaign reform. They do NOT represent us!! PERIOD. They look out for themselves and lobbyists period!! Facts don't lie we are not any better off regardless of party x 30 yrs now! The Gini coeficient gets worse every year regardless!! WAKE UP FOLKS! Our system for electing our DC/state critters is broken and corrupt!! We just auction off elected office each election cycle. No leaders. just polictical hacks and/or career politicians!! It doesn't have to stay this way!!!
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        by Anon on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to YEP!!!
        You are wasting your time friend. The lemmings that follow parties do not want to be educated. They can't seem to get their nose out of the rectum of the lemming in front of them and don't see the cliff. It's a choice.
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        by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:21 PM in reply to YEP!!!
        I liked Rick Perry's idea about not allowing any member of Congress nor the President to run for re-election if during their terms they added money to the national debt. But you are correct, there are many crooks on both sides and until we remove the lobbists we cannot move forward.
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      by To Lubba on Feb 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM in reply to Lubba
      This is a tax cut that wage earners have been getting since Obama took office! It was scheduled to drop-just like the Bush wealthy tax cut was. The GOP stopped the tax cut for millionaires from stopping-at the cost of our credit. They were in FAVOR of letting this tax cut drop, but when it was clearly shown that a small portion of the millionare tax cut could pay for it-they gave in-without demanding that it be paid for!
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