I guess there is a bunch of Scrooges occupying the House.
The Republican-led House today rejected a Senate-passed bill that extends a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for two months.
Maybe North Korea has the right government model: No legislature to muck things up.
If the benefits expire at the end of the year, 160 million Americans will see a tax increase while about 2.2 million long-term unemployed will see their benefits disappear. Medicare payments to physicians also will drop, raising concerns that doctors will limit their care to seniors.
Don’t get run over by a reindeer this week, Grandma!
And now things really get interesting.
House Republicans voted to move to formal negotiations with the Senate to resolve the differences between their two bills. The House has passed a one-year extension, while the Senate approved over the short-term deal over the weekend.
Of course, it might be a tad easier for Santa to shed about 60 pounds before Christmas Eve.
The move to open formal negotiations is complicated since the Senate already has adjourned for the year. Harry Reid had expected the House to pass the short-term fix, but House Republicans revolted. Now Eric Cantor is calling for the Senate to cease Christmas shopping back home and zip back to Washington.
We shall see if they jump on planes, trains and automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy.
The White House, as you may surmise, is hardly pleased as punch.
“The shenanigans of the last 48 hours from the House GOP leadership are why 43 percent of Americans think this is the worst Congress in history,” tweeted White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer.
After today, that percentage may spike past 50 percent as disgruntled Americans spike their egg nog.