Tentative Deal On Payroll Tax Cut

Congressional leaders are gauging lawmakers' reactions to a tentative deal extending a 2 percentage-point payroll tax cut and added unemployment benefits for the rest of 2012.

Republican and Democratic bargainers worked out the package late Tuesday. The roughly $150 billion measure also would prevent a steep cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors.

About a third of the measure's costs would be paid for, with savings that include cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals, increased employee contributions to federal pensions and government sales of parts of the broadcast airwaves.

Both sides cautioned that the accord was not final and could be changed.

Congressional approval would end a bitter partisan battle. On Monday, Republicans dropped their demand that a payroll tax cut -- costing nearly $100 billion -- be entirely paid for.


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  • by P on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:26 PM
    It doesn't matter who our next prez is. America Will collapse soon and there is nothing anyone can do about it. If you people don't believe this then you surely must be blind.
  • by thanks for nothing on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:54 PM
    Thanks for nothing, GOP, though it comes as no surprise. It’s clear to any thinking person that the Republicans are only interested in serving the 1%. Their gated communities have their own security. The private schools they send their children to don’t need funding for more teachers. And a few prestige garnering donations to the local fire department can guarantee prompt service if a fire breaks out in one of their homes. It also explains why the Republicans are passing all of these voter suppression laws, laws that don’t affect the 1%. Republicans hate democracy unless they’re getting what they want. So what do they do? They pass laws to limit the number of people who can vote. It’s just their latest version of the old jim crow laws, a poll tax. It’s despicable, but the Republicans make it crystal clear why Americans feel the need to protest, and why a majority of Americans support the Occupy Wall Street protests. The Republicans are on the side of despotism.
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      by Earl on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:12 PM in reply to thanks for nothing
      thanks for nothing ,This is from a real Obama Zombie , It also explains why the Republicans are passing all of these voter suppression laws. Update for - thanks for nothing on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:54 PM The Virginia State Board of Elections admonished Project Vote and ACORN for turning in a significant number of faulty voter registrations. An audit revealed that 83% of sampled registrations that were rejected for carrying false or questionable information were submitted by Project Vote. Many of these registrations carried social security numbers that exist for other people, listed non-existent or commercial addresses, or were for convicted felons in violation of state and federal election law. In a letter to ACORN, the State Board of Elections reported that 56% of the voter registration applications ACORN turned in were ineligible. Further, a full 35% were not submitted in a timely manner, as required by law. The State Board of Elections also commented on what appeared to be evidence of intentional voter fraud. "Additionally,” they wrote, “information appears to have been altered on some applications where information given by the applicant in one color ink has been scratched through and re-entered in another color ink. Any alteration of a voter registration application is a Class 5 Felony in accordance with § 24.2-1009 of the Code of Virginia."
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        by Earl K. on Feb 17, 2012 at 03:05 AM in reply to Earl
        In Harris County, Texas, early voting has begun, and, as the Houston Chronicle reports, there are complaints that a Tea Party group has been hovering over voters, interfering with election workers, and disrupting lines of voters waiting to vote in minority neighborhoods. The Justice Department is investigating and interviewing witnesses. Also in Texas, a fraudulent flier being distributed in African American neighborhoods in Houston by the "Black Democratic Trust of Texas," a nonexistent group, advises voters not to vote for the Democratic ticket because their votes will instead go to the Republicans.
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          by Wolfgang on Feb 17, 2012 at 08:25 AM in reply to Earl K.
          Big difference - What did the Tea Party do hand out flowers? LOL. How soon we forget seeing on TV the Black Panther Party with baseball bats at White voting poll buildings for the Obama election
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          by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM in reply to Earl K.
          Does Philadelphia, PA during the 2008 elections and the black panther party ring any bells????? But I am sure Eric Holder will look into this case personally!! Does the Houston Chronicle have any explaination of why they have LINES of people for an EARLY vote?? No one believes the Tea Party is doing any such thing. The flyers are kind of funny though!!!!
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        by Target the Blacks on Feb 17, 2012 at 03:09 AM in reply to Earl
        A voter suppression plan in Wisconsin (a combined effort of the state Republican Party, Americans for Prosperity, and Tea Party organizations) is targeting, among others, 16,000 Milwaukee County voters. As the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, the organization One Wisconsin Now says it has obtained an audio recording of a tea party leader "outlining plans to work with the state Republican Party and another group, Americans for Prosperity, and use postcards to verify voters' addresses as well as provide volunteer poll workers to challenge voters on Election Day." A leader of a Tea Party group emailed "All Group Leaders" with instructions—including directions for photographing the homes of people targeted for voter suppression activities. The voter caging mailing allegedly targeted the 16th Assembly District, the district with the third-highest African-American voting population in the state.
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          by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM in reply to Target the Blacks
          The only thing planned in WI is the democrats busing in several hundred thousand union workers from out of state in order to replace the Governor who has SAVED the state from the unions and the liberals!!!!!
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        by Geeszzz on Feb 17, 2012 at 03:13 AM in reply to Earl
        Some RNC officials have admitted, privately and publicly, that caging and similar so-called "ballot security campaigns" are intended to suppress the African-American vote. During a 2004 Detroit election campaign, for example, Michigan State representative John Pappageorge told a meeting of Oakland County Republican Party members that "if we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we're going to have a tough time in this election." (Detroit's population is 83 percent African-American and overwhelmingly supports democratic candidates.)
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          by Albert on Feb 17, 2012 at 08:36 AM in reply to Geeszzz
          Rebuttal to Geeszzz on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:13 AM your quote " (Detroit's population is 83 percent African-American and overwhelmingly supports democratic candidates.)" -- Seems like most Whites moved out to find work? Detroit is America's most dangerous city, Geeszz says 83% are African American with 1,220 violent crimes per 100,000 people , according to violent crime statistics from the FBI's latest uniform crime report, issued in 2008. It's heavy reliance on the stumbling auto industry hasn't helped matters much. Motown also boasts high foreclosure and unemployment rates. As a result home prices have nosedived. Just last year you could buy a home in Detroit for $10,000. Foreclosures in metro Detroit were up 35% in the first six months of this year, compared to the same time in 2009. Vacant homes and blight are so bad that the city recently imposed a new ordinance requiring banks and homeowners to register their property with the city for a $25 annual fee, according to the Detroit Free Press. Even the city's office vacancy rate is high, with a 30% rate that leads the nation. While Forbes names the Detroit metro area -- which has a 13.7% unemployment rate -- as one of the worst spots to find employment, job growth is expected to rebound as the auto industry starts to recover. Finally, some good news for the people Detroit -- if anyone is left. Great job you 83%
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          by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM in reply to Geeszzz
          Liberals have been in charge in Detroit for decades and look at Detroit now, BROKE!!! Is this racist: "You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent." -Senator Joe Biden, (On Clarence Thomas) "A handkerchief-head, chicken-and-biscuit-eating Uncle Tom." -- Spike Lee, "White folks was in caves while we was building empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it." -- 'The Rev' Al Sharpton. But you want to dig this up because why??
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM in reply to Geeszzz
          Reaching for a story from 04...wow, how desperate you have become....
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    What in Gods name is wrong with the Republicans? They hate Obama so bad to the point where they've turned their hatred attacks towards women with this contraception issue. A Santorum backer said today that women use to put aspirin between their legs. Do you guys hate the fact that you have e black President so bad where you just spew hatred and lies nonstop? I mean really where does it all end. The Republican Party are nothing but a bunch of whackos. These people cannot be allowed to lead anything.
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      by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM in reply to Lavon
      It all ends this November!!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:45 PM
    Come on guys!! If you elect a Republican in November there is a good chance that I might lose my free internet, and even worse I might be forced to get a job.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM
    So, what lie will Obama tell next? He said congress wasn't working on anything and was being blocked from doing so. Then we find out who is blocking, Harry Reid? Say it ain't so, right? The truth is that the House passed (among others) 27 bills that would create an environment that would foster job creation. Those 27 bills are now sitting in the Senate because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) refuses to bring them up for a vote to keep President Obama’s narrative going. Senate Republicans stand behind these bills. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats (except those up for re-election) are in lock-step with Sen. Reid and President Obama in refusing to help create jobs and grow our economy. 27 bills. Twenty-seven bills that clean up the tax code; reduce burdensome regulations that make it too costly and time consuming to hire new employees, and open up the domestic energy market for job creation. If the Senate would just pass each of these bills, then our country could experience much better than an annual growth rate of just 2.8%. How do we know these will work? Because they’ve worked in the past. Cutting taxes and removing exhaustive regulations is what President Reagan did in the early 80′s, and our country experienced 10 straight quarters of 7% growth. Compare that with our last recession and you can see that President Obama’s policies are stifling our economy.
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      by Facts on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:52 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Republican-led opposition in the Senate blocked the highway infrastructure flank of President Obama's jobs package from advancing Thursday, as the GOP continues its united front against Democratic efforts to raise taxes on millionaires to pay for programs to create jobs. Infrastructure is usually a bipartisan issue, but Republicans stood unified in their opposition and Boehner has declined to take up the measure in the House.
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      by GOP Stinks on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:56 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Senate Republicans blocked a popular piece of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan, one to raise taxes on millionaires to create or protect 400,000 jobs for teachers and firefighters.
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      by moving forward w/o the GOP support on Feb 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      "It's time for Republicans in Congress to put country ahead of party and listen to the people they were elected to serve," he said in a statement. "It's time for them to do their job and focus on Americans' jobs. And until they do, I will continue to do everything in my power to move this country forward." President Obama
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM in reply to moving forward w/o the GOP support
        Really, seem you are right about on thing, the republicans threw out democrats in 2010 and would have gotten the senate too if there were more seats to change. So, you are right, its time for democrats to step down and let those that were put in office to do their jobs, do them. Get it? You didn't read my post and Obama tells more lies than Bill Clinton about Monica....fools, they just post the most presidential lies they can.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    Here we are heading towards March in a election and the Republicans STILL! don't have any viable candidates to run against Obama. The GOP is throwing everything plus the kitchen sink at Obama. They've even started yelling out blatent lies and it's STILL! not working. His approval numbers are still rising, the unemployment is steadily going down and yes despite the Republicans opposition, General Motors is doing great. The Dow is almost at 13000. Now is the time when I can say the Republicans have no argument against Obama. The Republicans are in desperation mode people. I told you what was going to happen from the get go. I told you that there is and will be no Republican candidate that will beat Obama. At this point all you can do is accept defeat.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM in reply to Lavon
      Lavon, you can get Obamagas for $3.61 a gallon in Washington this morning. The guy that sells the Obamagas said it will be $4 by summer. So you better stock up on Obamagas for you Hope and Change #7 Moped racer, you will need it! Oh, one more thing, if Iran starts hostilities as is predicted, Obamagas will be over $5 dollars a gallon. Obamaoil went up by a dollar yesterday...wonder how much that will drive Obamagas up? Since Obama took over Obamagas, its been almost 100% higher than when Bush was in office...we miss Bush...
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        by Lavon on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:14 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        You didn't have a problem paying for 4 dollar a gallon for gas when Bush was President so why are you complaining now. HYPOCRITE!!
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:45 PM in reply to Lavon
          Do you know the difference between 5 months and three years? Obamagas, is $3.61 per gallon....100% higher than when he got it....
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:46 AM
    We have Obama. The Republicans have ahh? Well they have Rick Santorum, Willard Romney and Rasmussen Poll! LOL
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM in reply to Lavon
      Yes you do, he is yours cause he ain't mine. I don't or wouldn't want anyone in the world know I voted for this guy...its a loathing situation, but I am glad you are out of jail from that chocolate peanutbutter naked think you did in that store.....
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        by Lavon on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:15 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        Say what?? Your posts are very weird
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:35 AM
    Crazy in 2008 we voted in a nitwit , and then gave him America's credit card? - $15,000,000,000,000 – US national debt (credit bill) has just topped the 15 trillion 2 months before Christmas 2011. Statue of Liberty seems rather worried as United States national debt passes 20% of the entire world’s combined GDP (Gross Domestic Product). In 2011 the National Debt will exceed 100% of GDP. If you think about it Obama Hussein has done more damage to the USA then Osama bin Laden could only dream of. I wonder if the Racist Rev Wright or Marxist George Soros will be Husseins VP in 2012?
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      by Barbara P. on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:03 AM in reply to Wolfgang
      Bill Clinton reversed Reagans course, raising taxes on the wealthy, and lowering them for the working and middle classes. This produced the longest sustained economic expansion in American history. Importantly, it also produced budgetary surpluses allowing the government to begin paying down the crippling debt begun under Reagan. In 2000, Clintons last year, the surplus amounted to $236 billion. The forecast ten year surplus stood at $5.6 trillion. It was the last black ink America would see for decades, perhaps forever. George W. Bush immediately reversed Clintons policy in order to revive Reagans, once again showering an embarrassment of riches on the already most embarrassingly rich, his base as he calls them. He ladled out some $630 billion in tax cuts to the top 1% of income earners. In true Republican fashion, they returned the favor by investing over $200 million to ensure Bushs re-election. Do the math Wolfbreath. But the cost to the public has been a return to the exploding deficits of the Reagan years. Bush blew through Clintons surplus in his first year. The 2004 deficit reached $415 billion, a record. Still, its real size is masked by the fact that Bush has shifted $150 billion from the Social Security trust fund in order to make the shortfall look smaller. It's like pretending youre richer when you move money from one pocket to another. Both sums have to be repaid, so the real amount borrowed is the $415 billion nominal deficit plus the $150 billion from Social Security or $565 billion. Bush also had the Debt Ceiling raised 7 times during his 8 years in office. Are you and Snake Oil in the same Cult?
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        by History Student on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM in reply to Barbara P.
        Here is your history lesson for today - To - Barbara P. on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM , Republicans Keep Their Promise: Balancing the Budget and Reducing Taxes When Republicans assumed control of Congress in 1995, their foremost goal was to keep a promise they made to the American people: To balance the federal budget and to cut their taxes. However, standing between Republicans and the fulfillment of their promise was President Slick Willie. Now after more than two years of refusal, President Clinton in 1997 finally agreed to a balanced budget that reduces taxes. Getting to this point has not been easy. Prior to Republicans assuming control of Congress in 1995, President Clinton refused to embrace the idea of a balanced budget. Clinton's first budget called for an astronomical tax hike of $220 billion that Democrats in Congress increased to $240 billion. Clinton's first three budgets -- released in 1993, 1994, and 1995 (for FYs 1994, 1995, and 1996 respectively), left deficits of $241.4 billion, $201.2 billion, and $194 billion by his own estimation (which CBO scored at $228.5 billion, $206.2 billion, and $276 billion respectively). In the meantime he vetoed the Republicans' budget in 1995 -- a budget that would have cut taxes and been the first to have balanced since 1969. Not until election year 1996 did he even aspire to balance, producing a budget that left an $81 billion deficit in its final year. For more than two years, President Clinton has blocked all of the Republicans' efforts to eliminate the deficit and reduce taxes. President Clinton finally joined Republicans in its goal and agreed to his first balanced budget. " To Save His Job "
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM in reply to Barbara P.
        Right off the most libteridal web site there is, media matters and spread like a disease to townhall.com. Suggestion for you...most of it is lies and spin. Bill Clinton, right off the start, didn't do that, Gingrich did, that should have lite a bulb with anyone with intelligence...of course, you did copy and paste it from another site. Since its raining, does this mean they will not let you use the playground?
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        by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM in reply to Barbara P.
        The gap between the rich and the poor that you liberals complain about all the time grew more under Clinton than Reagan or either Bush. The GOP wants EVERYONE to succeed, but the Democrats only want their friends and themselves to succeed at the expense of the tax payers. The liberals are the only ones who repeatedly look out for the top 1%. Can you say Warren Buffett or George Soros???
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      by Lavon on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:45 AM in reply to Wolfgang
      Can't wait to help reelect him
  • by Garland Location: NC on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM
    Sad but true - ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that Occupy organizers have created a "relatively successful" movement because they focused national discussion on wealth disparity despite lacking leadership and a unifying set of goals. The Georgia Democrat said at an event in Atlanta that Occupy organizers have succeeded in forcing the media and Congress to realize the "chasm is getting greater than leaps and bounds" between the rich and the poor. Funny Jimmy is a has Millions of $$$$$$. What happened to Billy Beer?
  • by Ferg Location: Bath - NC on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
    What happened to the White Occupy movement?. For Obama? I guess most are in jail or have a court date or went back home to get something to eat from mom & dad. I guess just not even '1' got of Obama's job stimulas plan jobs - LOL. Now Obama only has the Black vote left. Thats all folks
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      by Damon Corp on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:51 AM in reply to Ferg
      Don't know were you are getting your mis-information from, Oooooh Fox, Rush and Beck, it figures.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:59 AM in reply to Damon Corp
        Its the internet stupid....
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