And We Wait…
Moments ago, the House of Representatives simultaneously disapproved of the Senate’s two-month stopgap measure and approved a motion to go to conference.
Now, the fun begins! Nancy Pelosi said House Democrats will not participate in a conference committee. Harry Reid said the Senate will not return to Washington to appoint negotiators either. But here is the wrinkle: President Obama may not be fully behind the Pelosi/Reid strategy.
So, while the endgame on the payroll tax remains elusive, expect to hear more messaging like this:
Are you willing to work over the holidays or are you not willing to work over the holidays? – Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
The Democrat-led Senate short-changed the American people and hurried home for their holiday. – Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)