President Barack Obama issued a statement about the Republican-led impasse in the House of Representatives. He specifically called out the Tea Party faction of the party, saying they are holding up the bill that would benefit virtually every American working (payroll tax cut) and many that have not found a job (unemployment benefits). He firmly stated “Enough is enough.”
President Obama on Thursday continued his campaign on behalf of a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut, blasting House Republicans for holding up a Senate-passed bill and wondering, “Has this place become so dysfunctional that even when people agree to things we can’t do it?”
“It doesn’t make any sense,” he told reporters in a press conference. “Enough is enough.”
A bipartisan deal had been made between Speaker John Boehner in the House and Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY). and Harry Reid (D-NEV). When Boehner tried to sell it to the caucus, the shrill Tea Party members balked at the deal, placing Boehner in a bad spot.
Public opinion is overwhelmingly on the side of passing this payroll tax cut and the extension of unemployment benefits.
Reading from some of the 30,000 messages he said the White House has received Americans in support of extending the tax cut to illustrate what some people would have to give up if they lost the $40 a month from the extension, Obama demanded action.
“Enough is enough. The people standing with me today cannot afford any more games,” Obama said, gesturing to some of the authors of the messages who joined the president for his statement in a building adjacent to the White House.
“The House (of Representatives) needs to pass a short-term version of this compromise and then we should negotiate an agreement as quickly as possible to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance for the rest of 2012,” he said.
There is one sure thing, one of the sides will blink. I don’t want to predict which side and frankly, don’t care.
Just pass this bill.
In the end, public opinion will pass this bill.
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