Durbin: GOP should back payroll tax cut

Durbin: GOP should back payroll tax cut

CHAMPAIGN — Members of Illinois' congressional delegation should abide by a Senate-negotiated plan to preserve a federal payroll tax cut and to maintain unemployment benefits, Sen. Dick Durbin warned today.

Durbin toured the Epiworks manufacturing plant in north Champaign Monday morning with fellow Democrats state Sen. Mike Frerichs of Champaign, state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson of Urbana and Champaign Mayor Don Gerard.

"The Senate passed a bipartisan measure 89-10 — an overwhelming bipartisan roll call — last week and sent the measure to the House. The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has announced that he opposes it and he's going to try to try to reject it. If he does, it literally means 160 million Americans, middle class working families, will see an increase in their payroll tax on January 1st," Durbin said. "That is exactly the wrong thing for this moment in our economy."

He called on Illinois congressmen "to give the same bipartisan support to this proposal that we were able to find in the United States Senate."

Durbin said the payroll tax extension agreement was negotiated among Republicans and Democrats.

"What we did was the leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, the Democrat, sat down with Speaker Boenher and his Republican counterpart in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, about 10 days ago, and he said let's work something out," Durbin said. "Speaker Boehner said to him, 'You work it out with Mitch McConnell. I don't want to be part of that conversation. I'm not involved in it.' We reached an agreement with Senator McConnell."

Boehner "pulled the rug out from under us," Durbin said.

"It is the kind of political move we have seen over and over again by the Republican-led House," he said. "I sincerely hope that our delegation, the Republicans in the delegation, will break from the Speaker and stand with the Republicans in the Senate."

The Senate will not consider a revised agreement, Durbin said.

"They need 100 senators to give unanimous consent to return," he said. "And they've been spread to the winds. Everyone's gone. We were told to 'pass this on a bipartisan basis and you can go home.' We did. We passed this bill 89-10.

"We had high-fives on the floor among Republican senators that we finally reached an agreement after so many contentious battles."

Durbin said Boehner "got on a conference call with his tea party members and they of course blew up and said that our job here is to shake things up."

The House is expected to take up the Senate bill Monday night.


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billbtri5 wrote on December 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

the payroll tax cut just delays the due date and costs billions in interest from China, it's time to solve the problem....increase what comes in, or decrease what goes out....

Squirrel wrote on December 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm

billbtri5, agree completely. This is a spending bill the dems love. Feel good today, tax somebody else tomorrow. Spend and tax. At least in the old days they had the sense to tax first and then spend it. And what exactly does it cost for the tax holiday? Seems like the State of Illinois did that twice under the Blago adninstration and it didn't work out so well for the pension plans.

Seriously, do our elected "representatives" consider themselves immune from the fallout of their bad decisions?



cretis16 wrote on December 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Quit blocking the pipeline.....these are good union jobs that we need...pass the payroll cut and the Pipeline as one packge....

killerut wrote on December 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

So the trio of idiots toured a local plant today.  I can't stand Durbin (the guy is just stupid), and Frerichs is the biggest liar I've ever had the displeasure of meeting.  No wonder he fits in so well in Springfield.

corruptville wrote on December 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm
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"Seriously, do our elected "representatives" consider themselves immune from the fallout of their bad decisions?"


Simply put, yes! They are immune they have a pension.... We have a bankrupt SS...... They don't worry about bills they live off of you and me and most likely could write books after there terms/retire and make millions so they know that they can continue to errode our country with impurity..... 


Orbiter wrote on December 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

So long as we're offering extended Bush-era Tax Cuts For The Rich, then it's only appropriate to offer these meagre payroll tax credits for the rank-and-file workers of this country.  To do otherwise is nothing less than hateful class warfare.

Squirrel wrote on December 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Good point, Orbiter. Time to make the lower class pay taxes as well. It's time they paid their fair share.

sameeker wrote on December 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

They can start by cutting the Bu$h tax cuts immediately. I'm sure teh Koch brothers would punish the government for that. Time to take up arms.

read the DI wrote on December 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Yes, by all means, let's try to get blood from a turnip!

whatsinitforme wrote on December 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

It is easy to see that the tea party patriots and their billionaire masters want feudalism for America. Anything that helps the working person is bad, but wealthy tax cuts to bust the budget and a trillion dollar war in Iraq are good. Spill here, spill now…Obama 2012!