The payroll tax cut is scheduled to expire at the end of next week, and although the Senate received bipartisan support for a temporary extension, House Republicans are refusing to vote on the matter. President Obama called out those holding up the extension during a Tuesday afternoon speech:


“The issue right now is this: The clock is ticking; time is running out. And if the House Republicans refuse to vote for the Senate bill, or even allow it to come up for a vote, taxes will go up in 11 days. I saw today that one of the House Republicans referred to what they’re doing as, “high-stakes poker.” He’s right about the stakes, but this is not poker, this is not a game — this shouldn’t be politics as usual. Right now, the recovery is fragile, but it is moving in the right direction. Our failure to do this could have effects not just on families but on the economy as a whole. It’s not a game for the average family, who doesn’t have an extra 1,000 bucks to lose. It’s not a game for somebody who’s out there looking for work right now, and might lose his house if unemployment insurance doesn’t come through. It’s not a game for the millions of Americans who will take a hit when the entire economy grows more slowly because these proposals aren’t extended.” Source: The White House


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Obama on the tax cut: 'Time is running out'
President Obama calls out House Republicans during a Tuesday afternoon speech.