The congressional stalemate over extending the payroll tax cut is intensifying, as U.S. House Republicans continue to refuse to pass a two-month bipartisan compromise bill passed in the Senate earlier this week, insisting for a year-long version they approved last week. Sixth District Congressman Jim Clyburn says failure to pass the measure before the end of the year would raise taxes on average American workers including those in South Carolina.
Clyburn says passing the extension for two months would give Congress time to develop an agreeable bipartisan plan that would extend over the other 10 months of 2012.
Clyburn says refusing to pass a bipartisan measure that will insure that middle class Americans will not be subjected to a tax increase doesn’t make any sense, especially considering that a majority of GOP senators agreed on the measure. Clyburn says once again GOP House Speaker John Boehner has knuckled under the pressure of the Tea Party.
AUDIO: Clyburn blames the Tea Party for stalemate
A number of Senate Republicans are not happy with how House Republicans have handled the bipartisan Senate compromise. Some are worried that the standoff could hurt their chances of winning the upper chamber in the 2012 election.