Sen. Scott Brown: House GOP’s Refusal To Pass Payroll Tax Compromise Is ‘Irresponsible And Wrong’ | In another nod to the strength of his Senate opponent, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) blasted Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republicans for jeopardizing the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, saying the House GOP’s stand is “irresponsible and wrong.” “[A] two-month extension is a good deal when it means we avoid jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of American families. The refusal to compromise now threatens to increase taxes on hard-working Americans and stop unemployment benefits for those out of work,” he said. “We cannot allow rigid partisan ideology and unwillingness to compromise stand in the way of working together for the good of the American people.” Brown’s first piece of legislation as a senator was a push to reduce the payroll tax, but he wanted to siphon off Recovery Act funds to do it.
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) joined Brown in urging the House to pass the compromise. “I’m hopeful — maybe without basis — that the House of Representatives will pass the bill the Senate passed and they will do so tonight,” he told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell. “”Speaker Boehner is under enormous pressure. He’s obviously gotten a lot of feedback from many Republicans who say we simply don’t like it….But I’m hopeful that our majority, Republicans and Democrats, today will proceed, because, it seems to me this is best for the country as well as for all the individuals who are affected.” Watch it:
Politico’s Manu Raju reports that GOP Sen. Dean Heller (NV) expressed similar impatience with the House GOP: “There is no reason to hold up the short-term extension.”
GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) joined in: “I spoke out against this unprecedented two-month policymaking experiment on Saturday. That said, there wasn’t an indication that the House would be in disagreement with the Senate’s action. Nonetheless, what is paramount at this point is that this tax benefit for hardworking Americans not be allowed to lapse.”