December 22nd, 2011
11:33 AM ET

Obama, Boehner speak again

Looks like the President connected with House Speaker John Boehner again Thursday. But its unclear if the ball has moved at all. Here's the readout from the White House:

Speaker Boehner called the President this morning and the President reiterated to the Speaker that the only viable option currently on the table is for the House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan Senate compromise that received the support of nearly 90 percent of the Senate. The President told Speaker Boehner that he is committed to begin working immediately on a full-year agreement once the House passes the bipartisan Senate compromise that prevents a tax hike on 160 million Americans on January 1.

Topics: President Obama

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Paul Andula

    It is not $40 that you will lose, it is $80 a check because you have to still buy the gas or food etc.. It works like this- if I get $40 less in my pay, I have lost the $40 but I still have to have the gas so I have to put the $40 out of my pocket to buy it, so I really lose $80 total.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • T&C

      Check your math, Paul. If your paycheck is $40 lower and you were going to buy gas or food either way, you've lost $40. The real question is this: would you rather get $40 more in 4 paychecks, or $40 more in 26 paychecks? If you said 26, you should be mad at senate democrats for refusing to pass the House's year-long bill weeks ago and then passing a stupid 2-month patch-up minutes before leaving for the holiday and claiming their bill is the only option possible EVER!!! Boehner's asking for a few conferees to come back to Washington to make it a year, and democrats are acting like he's trying to block the cuts entirely. And thanks to media bias, it's working. Don't let it.

      December 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • Risky

        I think you're the one thats mad here. the 1 year tax cut bill has the keystone LX project attached to it. You should actually be thankful to the democrats for trying to keep our air clean. You should be wise to remember that before quickly giving the republicans so much credit for wanting suddenly wanting the bill. They arent here to help you, they just want that pipe so badly.

        December 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Luke

      Tell you what Paul. Not sure where you learned math, but since I'm one hell of a nice guy I will make you an offer. If this tax cut is not extended, I will send you a check every 2 weeks for the $40 you lost ($80 in your eyes...) if you'll agree to send me a check every 2 weeks for $60, therefore saving you $20 every 2 weeks. Deal?

      December 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      This is the very reason Liberals should not be trusted with the USA checkbook.

      December 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • Don

      Bottom line: $1,000/year or $40/week, makes a real difference for American working families. The 1% will never understand this, because they live in a different world. Just check their arguments as to why the 99% will never miss the extra dough.


      December 23, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • jean2009

      Paul you would have had to buy gas whether or not you received the $40 tax by my math you would only be out a $40 tax break. Considering with the signing of this bill you will not be out $40 per pay check....until Boehner and Cantor decide to use this ploy again....which they will.

      According to Republicans it seems for the 99% they insist tax breaks be paid for before the fact: but they don't mind all taxpayers paying $11.6 Million every hour of every day to provide the 1% their Bush era tax breaks, and they don't mind that that expense is unfunded and is projected onto the national deficit.
      They only believe in deficit spending when it is for wars, arms profiteering, or funding the life styles of the rich and famous.

      A prime reason why Republicans should not be in charge of the US check book.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  2. Jason

    Boehner: Sup man, what are you doing today?
    Obama: Just the usual implementation of fear and anxiety uppon the world and spend spend spend, you know me, fool.
    Boehner: Well smokes are on sale at the corner store, gotta make a stop and then I'll be in to work.
    Obama: Whatever man, not really much goin on here. Hey will you pick me up some funions? Love those things.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  3. daniel b

    house speaker Boehner, finally is being seen for what he is, a complete idiot. He has done everything he can, to road block the president since President Obama won. when Speaker Boehner isnt crying ( litterally ) he is making the republican party look about as inept as humanly possible. I am a independent, but thanks to John Boehner, I am def voting for the president again. Thank you mr speaker, you just got him re-elected.

    December 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  4. jerry

    Why have they tagged this "payroll tax"?

    December 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • DLC

      It's called a payroll tax because they normally take out 6.2% for SS, Medicare, etc out of your payroll check. Last year that was reduced to 4.2% which saves the person making $100 K about $1000. With its expiration on Dec 31st, everyone will see their taxes go up. BO wanted to extend AND reduce this to 3.1% but the GOP wouldn't go along. That'd save everyone even more $$. The GOP for 10+ years have ALWAYS preached ANY tax cut (the Bush ones) did NOT need to be paid for. They paid their way by stimulating the economy and the Govt got tax $ back from the stimulation of wages and sales. NOW they say they do because it's one BO proposed and they didn't . In addition the do NOT want to see the economy get better, it improves BO's chances of reelection. AS Mitch McDonnell said the #1 goal of the GOP in the Senate is to make BO a 1 term President... i.e. they'll sink the whole ship just to see the Captain drown !! If the common worker doesn't see this and sink their ship (re-election) they're fools !!

      December 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thanks I couldn't have summed it up better.

        December 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  5. Don

    "Orangeman Defeated" – So long Leatherface! Soon we will not have to deal with your obstructionism and tantrums.


    December 23, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • jean2009

      Boehner is just the puppet Cantor pulls the strings.

      December 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm |