February 21st, 2012
05:58 AM ET

Official: Obama to call for more bipartisanship

(CNN) - Fresh off the success of the payroll tax cut extension, President Barack Obama will call on Congress Tuesday to pass more bipartisan measures, a senior administration official told CNN.

The official said the White House believes that Republicans have been more willing to make deals since the bruising fight over raising the debt limit late last year.

The call for greater bipartisanship will come at a White House event touting the importance of the extension of the payroll tax cut and what it means to a middle class family.

The roughly $100 billion payroll tax cut, a key part of Obama's economic recovery plan, has reduced how much 160 million American workers pay into Social Security on their first $110,100 in wages. Instead of paying 6.2% had it lapsed, they'll be paying 4.2% - a break worth about $83 a month for someone making $50,000 a year.

The president will be joined by people who shared via Twitter and on the White House website how losing the tax cut would have impacted their daily lives.

The issue was a thorny one for Republicans, who got caught between the competing goals of providing the tax cut and paying for it. GOP leaders this month acknowledged they had angered voters by holding up the tax cut extension.

The president has promised to sign the bill into law when it hits his desk later this week. The package also extends unemployment insurance.

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  1. Jack Singletary

    What happened to "everyone" paying their fair share? Buying voters with other peoples money is one sorry way to lead a country.

    February 21, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  2. AngryMobVoter

    Obama is intent on rewarding the people who do not put forth an effort to better themselves and do the right things and punish those of us who do work hard to achieve and do the right things.

    Anyone who had a "clunker" which was fuel efficient was not eligible for "Cash For Clunkers" but those who had bought cars with poor gas mileage were rewarded. It is those of us who work who subsidize the 46 million on food stamps many of whom don't put out much effort to better themselves. It is those of us who want to work who will be hurt by Obama's "Class Warfare" since that will send even more jobs out of the country.

    Obama's "Class Warfare" is not class warfare against the rich, it is class warfare against the good American people who work hard and do the right things. More and more American people are tired of supporting the people who do not want to work hard and succeed but instead want to live off the our tax dollars (government).

    Obama believes in RECKLESS SPENDING, HIGH TAXES, and INTRUSIVE REGULATION. Obama started the class warfare rhetoric and he is the enemy of freedom and the American Dream. He completely ignored the will of the people when he rammed a healthcare bill into law and he used dirty backroom deals to do it. Obama is the most divisive President in history. The sooner the American people can vote him out of office, the sooner we will see job growth.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  3. CalCon

    Yes, by all means Mr. President. Let's start with a budget.

    February 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  4. Lefty

    So he hammers the other party for months on end and now wants them to cooperate? As with all things Obama, this is purely political.

    February 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  5. NObama 2012

    Don't you mean PARTISANSHIP? If you read the article...actually if you can read anything and peek under the hype and phoney headlines you will soon realize to obama BIPARTSIANSHIP means if "they do as I tell them". This is one reason this man is so dangerous to America and the world. He divides for power...his power. This is why he is compared to a certain German leader of the 1930s and 40s.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  6. WilECoyote

    And what's so great about that payroll tax cut? 20$ a week, 40$ a week? All that is eaten up by the high gas price under this Administrator and no a single peep from the MSM... and what was the highest gas price during the last year of Bush where Pelosi and the MSM demonized Bush for it??? $1.89 a gal??? and its $3.59 in my area now... still waiting for CNN to make news of this...

    February 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • jean2009

      Try average gas price hits $4.21 per gallon June 8, 2008.
      "The area with the highest average gas prices was Stockton, Calif., which posted $4.41 per gallon. The area with the cheapest gas was Wichita, Kan., which posted an average price of $3.65 per gallon."

      February 22, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • Trace

      did you wake up right AFTER President Obama got elected? or, did you actually arrive from another planet shortly after his inauggeration? Whichever is the case, you surely could use a clue

      February 22, 2012 at 2:46 am |
  7. Atma

    Dialogue With Our President

    Blessings President Obama,

    I have been trying to find a way to send a letter to you Sir. Just want to let you know, so many of my friends, family and business associates are behind you. I truly believe that you are our best hope to turn America around. Sometimes we all get caught up in the energy of the moment, we become reactive, we are expected to respond to criticism and opinion that is not always as popular as the media plays it up to be.... We sometimes forget, that it is in the quiet moments, those times when we can sit alone, meditate. Only then can we hear the voice within, the same voice that guided you toward the 44th Presidency of these great United States. You are the one Sir, to help find our way through the matrix. I have a possible solution that may help move us toward a brighter tomorrow, if I may share it with you.

    I believe we should privatize the rebuilding of America, we offer a real opportunity for our citizens to get involved. We promote spending, investment and jobs by taking the responsibility of fixing a broken America out of the hands of our government. Do away with bailouts and short sighted solutions. Offer new growth opportunities to all citizens of America as incentivized investment opportunity. Create new industry while moving America toward a greener more responsible tomorrow...

    Why punish those American's fortunate enough to have prospered in spite of the current challenges we face within our economy. By taxing Americans 30% of their income in excess of a million dollars, we are pretty much discouraging growth. This will only encourage prosperous American's to shelter their wealth, to seek creative means in which to hide their good fortune. Instead of punishing our creative citizens by way of a 30% Tax Bracket, why not encourage these Americans to re-invest that same 30% of taxable income, back into the Revitalization Of America. We reward our American financial leaders, with lucrative tax incentives for investing their wealth into the rebuilding of a greener more industrial efficient tomorrow.

    For many Americans, it's not so much the increased tax assessment as it is, the wasteful display of irresponsible Government spending. We are not seeing the results of our Government's current Robin-hood Mentality. We should offer American Citizens alternatives to traditional taxation by way of Incentivized American Re-Investment Packages. We empower our citizens by way of inclusion and participation in the re-building and revitalization of America.

    We reward Americans for re-investing 30% of their tax dollars Robin-Hood would normally take, and encourage citizens to invest in Pre-Packaged Investments designed to rebuild a struggling economy. We offer prosperous Americans an opportunity to directly participate in the re-building of America, over blind taxation. As an incentive to change we package the cost of conversion, converting those industry factories, plants and manufacturing companies to a more efficient, environmentally responsible form of production. We package the cost of conversion as an investment to Venture Capitalist and Private Equity Firms as means of revitalizing antiquated industries, which will create new jobs, new investments, increased consumer spending and new more efficient products.

    "Ladies and gentlemen, the seeds of a greener tomorrow, must be planted today." by Don McDaniels

    We create what I call Green Groups, of 25 or more, made up of a diverse team of Engineers, Industrial Designers, Reformation Specialist and other industry professionals who's sole purpose would be to analyze those industries seeking a new beginning. The Green Groups, to avoid corruption will be transparent, chosen randomly in a recorded and open forum. Each group will then be assigned to participating companies. All analysis and documentation will be made public. All cost associated with converting participating companies to a more responsible function, as well as the cost of the Green Group analysis, will then be offered to private equity and investment firms in a contractor bid format.
    This plan will revitalize the economy and rid the US Government of corporate bailouts, while moving the world toward a greener more efficient tomorrow.

    All companies submitted to the program, once converted and functioning at a more efficient capacity are responsible for repaying the investment packages provided by private equity, private investment firms.

    Don McDaniels CEO/President
    Atma'Sphere Entertainment
    "Tomorrow's Solutions Today"

    February 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  8. Noel Lisk

    Thx for information.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm |