With Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) in his home district -- far away from Washington -- his party today begrudgingly changed course and gave in to Democrats by officially extending a payroll tax break for 160 million U.S. American workers.
Voice vote approvals of the two-month extension by the Senate and House came with no objections today, just days after
Today’s vote extends through February a 2 percent cut in the payroll tax American workers pay and it prevents almost 2 million unemployed people from losing jobless benefits.
A full-year extension of the tax cut was supported by nearly every House and Senate lawmaker, but the embrace came unglued over demands in an original Dec. 13 bill offered by House Republicans. Senate leaders of both parties offered amendments to the legislation days later in the form of the two-month extension, which they said would buy time for Americans while giving Washington breathing room to iron out a long-term plan.
With high unemployment and many Americans struggling to make ends meet, political damage caused by insistence on adhering to an all-or-nothing plan was apparently too great for the GOP.
The last-minute cave by Republicans became obvious yesterday and today’s vote was a legal formality, albeit just a few legislators were actually on hand for it.
Issa’s office offered no comment on today’s vote and said the Congressman was not expected to release a statement on the legislation, which has now been signed by the President.