Boehner Caves in Payroll Tax PR Disaster

Republicans in the house caved on Thursday and agreed to the senate bill that will extend the payroll tax cut for a mere two months. John Boehner did succeed in getting the Keystone Pipeline into the package.

Doing the right thing for the right reasons is always the right thing to do. And while everyone asked for a full-year extension of these programs, a lot of people weren’t willing to put the effort in, as the holidays were approaching, to get it done. Our members were. So I’m proud of the efforts that they put into this,” Boehner added. 

It’s not always easy to do the right thing, but we believe that we came here to change the way this town does business. And no more gimmicks, no more short-term this, short-term that. It’s time to do solid policy and it’s time to do it the right way.

This was a painful tussle for Boehner, with Mitch McConnell finally stepping in to push a resolution to the painful PR failure for the GOP could come to an end.

Earlier in the day, McConnell asked the House to pass a short term stop gap and the Senate to agree to discuss a more permanent solution.

The Kentucky Republican laid out what he saw as room for compromise in House and Senate passed bipartisan bills to require the president to quickly make a decision on whether to support thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs through the Keystone XL pipeline, and to extend unemployment insurance, the temporary payroll tax cut and seniors’ access to medical care.

The damage to perceptions of the GOP could be lasting.