The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Congress ends BITTER tax battle with bill passage” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/congress-extends-payroll-tax-cut-sends-obama-022144011.html).
“In QUICK BIPARTISAN votes on the bill that also extends long-term jobless benefits, the House passed the measure 293-132, followed by a 60-36 vote in the DEMOCRATIC-led Senate”. For the first time in a long time, we WON’T have a filibuster. Also, not much has been “quick (and) bi-partisan” on Capitol Hill recently.
According to Rep. Joe Barton, “a member of the TEA PARTY Caucus who opposed the bill”, “We are taking money AWAY from the Social Security Trust Fund and we’re substituting an IOU that may or may not ever be repaid“. Well people from the Tea Party Caucus pretty much oppose EVERYTHING that doesn’t have EVERYTHING THEY want.
However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid countered: “In the end, BOTH sides COMPROMISED for the good of our country, which is exactly how the American people EXPECT t their ELECTED leaders to work“. EXPECTATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) must be REALISTIC.
This is only THE LATEST “bitter battle” amongst Capitol Hill POLITICIANS and certainly WON’T be the last.