Sen. Garbo has stepped out of seclusion to address his adoring fans (and the House Republicans that snubbed him and are certainly not adoring him right now). His verdict? Pass the damned bill, Speaker Boehner.
“The House and Senate have both passed bipartisan bills to require the President to quickly make a decision on whether to support thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs through the Keystone XL pipeline, and to extend unemployment insurance, the temporary payroll tax cut and seniors’ access to medical care. There is no reason why Congress and the President cannot accomplish all of these things before the end of the year. House Republicans sensibly want greater certainty about the duration of these provisions, while Senate Democrats want more time to negotiate the terms. These goals are not mutually exclusive. We can and should do both.
“Working Americans have suffered enough from the President’s failed economic policies and shouldn’t face the uncertainty of a New Year’s Day tax hike. Leader Reid should appoint conferees on the long-term bill and the House should pass an extension that locks in the thousands of Keystone XL pipeline jobs, prevents any disruption in the payroll tax holiday or other expiring provisions, and allows Congress to work on a solution for the longer extensions.”
In other words, exactly what the Senate Democrats have been offering. The House passes the compromise bill that the Senate passed to extend the payroll tax cut for two more months, and then the Senate goes to work on extending it for the full year.
Apparently, John Boehner is in denial, or intentionally misinterpreting McConnell’s call for him to pass his Senate compromise:
Asked if McConnell’s statement changes the equation for House Republicans, Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said No.
“The House and Senate have two different bills, but the same goal. That is why we believe, as Senator McConnell suggested, the two chambers should work to reconcile the two bills so that we can provide a full year of payroll tax relief — and do it before year’s end,” Buck said.
Let the GOP mudslinging continue…