Obama signs payroll tax cut extension and heads to Hawaii
December 23rd, 2011
03:15 PM ET

Obama signs payroll tax cut extension and heads to Hawaii

Well, the stalemate is over and President Obama can leave to join his family in Hawaii. While he was scheduled to make a statement about the payroll tax cut extensions around 12:15, he finally spoke about an hour later. They were waiting for the actual bill to arrive at the White House and then he had to sign it. The White House also tells us he signed the omnibus bill for 2012.

Check out how our friends at CNN wires have wrapped today's events:

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama signed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut Friday, ending what had been a heated political stalemate and sealing a hard-fought win for Democrats on an issue - taxes - that has historically favored the GOP.

Earlier in the day, the measure cleared the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives by unanimous consent, a procedural move allowing the measure to pass even though most members of Congress were already home for the holidays.

"This is some good news just in the nick of time," Obama said shortly before departing the White House for Hawaii. But "we have a lot more work to do. This continues to be a make-or-break moment for the middle class in this country."

Among other things, the $33 billion bill also includes a two-month extension of emergency federal unemployment benefits and the so-called "doc fix," a delay in scheduled payment reductions to doctors who treat Medicare patients.

Congress will consider a longer extension of all three measures when it reconvenes in January.

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Topics: John Boehner • President Obama • The News

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. jerry

    done with the photo opps and taking bows and off to a vacation ...good riddence!

    December 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      He is spending $4,000,000 of Tax Payer's Dollars to do this,,, ($*MILLION)

      I am not sure if BO, the Dog was there,,, Bo was on the Baggage List when the Larger (junk-n-da) Trunk, 1st Lady took a flight without BHO (Barry); However, Antoinette, got there safe and sound,,, and now,,,we need to get BHO (Sotero) there,,,

      Are you ready to pay for the flight back?

      Barry may want to stay over a day or two after Antoinette wants to come back with BO, the dog!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        Saw BO, but no BHO in the Local Newspaper!

        December 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Photo Op for BO (THE DOG)


        Chi Town,,, My kind-a-town!

        December 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Another interestin piece:


      December 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Trace

      Yeah jerry! I hear ya! ...That Mean Ole Obama, waiting around just to get tax cuts for the middle class families in this country, instead of leaving for vacation immediately and letting them fend for themselves next year.

      And the fact that its the president of the United States....shouldn't be a reason he should let someone take his picture. The media never takes pictures of the presidents signing legislations ......What a terrible guy this Obama is.

      Ok...That's about all the stupid I can muster for you. It must be a badge of honor for you to feel so hateful, vaccous, ill-informed, and ill-spirited towards the president...JUST BECAUSE 160 million Americans will have just a little more money in their pockets next year.

      Your ignorance is truly breath-taking. I salute you, as a true Tea-bagging idiot

      December 24, 2011 at 10:54 am |
      • Bill in STL

        You are stupid trace .... he is letting you have some of your retirement now .... of course your children will have to pay for that .... wow lucky yu ... your kids get to pay for your greed now.... as always it all about you isn't it?

        December 24, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • Trace

        @Bill in STL

        Yeah....I guess its smart people like you that thought it was a great idea to prosecute two (2) wars on a China Secured Credit Card. But now, you have the temerity to call me stupid – LOL

        Tell ya what Einstein, take at least one macro-economics course and get back to me about how best to recover this economy after a complete meltdown of the system, not seen since the great depression. I'll wait for you...Ok? Which literally means I'll never hear from you again ...as your pathetic response will simply be the same hog-wash we've all come to expect from the herd of Faux news bolder-dash...our kids, grand kids will suffer as a result of stupidity in doing something we've never done before....CUT TAXES IN THE MIDST OF WAR. And for extra credit, (Oh Smart One) tell me how tax cuts pay for themselves????

        Again, nice talking to you. Now go away and learn ya somethin' -LOL

        December 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • che

        you are so smart than you dont know than is only simbolic because this will be never implemented in two months is only politics like allways before take effect the house will need to vote to extended for one year

        December 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  2. Joe

    The community organizer never met a camera that he did not like.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld


      He stayed back to get the Pet Smart Donations,,,,

      You know,,, Croney Communism!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • Trace


      ....of course that fact this is the INFORMATION AGE...with internets doo-hicky, that we see everything as it happens, couldn't possibly have anything to do with it – right? ....I mean, there's no why we have the technology that takes pictures of the most powerful person in the world? Or do we ?

      ...and what prehistoric times do you live in again? ,,,,,Well genius, bad news for ya. This is the President of the United States and you will see a few more of these pictures, before its all said and done. Now take your pills and go lay down. It's gonna be a rough ride for you tea-potty-heads

      December 24, 2011 at 11:00 am |
      • Bill in STL

        This tirade has all the earmarks of a 5th grade temper tanturm ... name calling included..... Just can't stand it can you trace... got you so mad you have to denegrate your fellow humans .... Typical liberal attitude.... Its so sad.

        December 24, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Well CNN is moderating again... If they have the courage to let you see it ..... then maybe there is hope. Otherwise you will have to graduate the 5th grade in secret Trace

        December 24, 2011 at 11:34 am |
      • Trace

        @Bill in STL,

        I would imagine you and your cohorts over the GOP/Tea-Potty thinkery are pretty upset this week...I understand. It also appears that you believe I wouldn't have graduated 5th grade. That's also possible. But given your Junior High insults, I'm going to make one more attempt to appeal to any bit of intellect you may have in the deep dark recesses of that brain of yours (if we can call it that)....

        Do you think the President pushing for this tax extension for 160 million americans was a good thing or not? I hope that question was not too complex.

        December 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • Trace

        @my friend Bill in STL

        ....the question above is pretty good for a fifth grader – HUH?? LOL You are funny....Do you know that? Now go get ya some fiber so you're not so grumpy and irritable – LMAO at you Billy

        December 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  3. voice of reason

    Obama got Osama rather than "mission accomplished" takes a well deserved break. After cleaning Bush's economic debucle with a recession that started in 2007. Adding jobs while Republican congress keep cutting jobs, tea party racist bigoted Ron Paul and Mitt (king of bain capital shipped jobs out of the country for his own financial gain while Americans lost their jobs and 47th job creator as governor ) Romney sit on their behinds thinking that their voter suppression will work. We are waking up after the mid terms we are ready to go. We cannot have failed tricle down economists again enough is enough 99% For Obama 2012

    December 24, 2011 at 5:05 am |
  4. The1

    Man! Trace, take it easy on Bill...you have to understand that he's of the party that is against education. so asking him educated questions can be an extreme challenge.

    December 25, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  5. che

    i hope obama wins in 2012 so once we go broke and we have 50% unemp. that will be the only way the few idiots remaining than like him will wake up

    December 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Trace


      Not sure why you would wish that on your country(?) But let's consider facts for a moment;
      – The U.S. economy was losing 750K jobs per month, in total, 8 million jobs were lost prior to Obama being sworn in. During the past three years, Obama's policies have recovered 3 million...so he has to recover another 5 million to get back to even. So why would it be your hope that employment goes to 50%?

      Is that patriotic or the other word that ends with ...- otic ?

      I'm asking with respect and without name calling. Trying to turn over a new leaf this year and old habits are hard to break

      December 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm |