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Issa's Office Offers No Comment On Tax Break Deal

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.

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.

LBV Collins December 23, 2011 at 09:03 PM
A point of clarification in this article: Republicans didn’t begrudgingly give in to Democrats. Tea Party Republicans in the House begrudgingly gave in to all the other Republicans… in both houses.
Roberto December 23, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Another point of clarification the cost of this 2 month extention will be borne by anyone refinancing or a new mortgage for the next 10 years-forever at a cost of an additional average cost of 20 dollars per month. Thi is just for the 2 months of tax relief. In my opinion, this cost should be recinded upon approval of the Keystone pipeline with these tax revenues paying for the tax cut maintenance.
brian dayus December 23, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Rep. Issa votes party line.Tax breaks for the rich,tough luck middle class.He could care a less about us.Time to get him out and vote in someone who is not beholden to big banks and wall street.
Roy T Tatar December 23, 2011 at 11:04 PM
No news here. Issa is a lemming, dose whatever he is told to do by Tanning Bed Boner. Thank you redistricting panel for moving him away from me. A most welcome Xmas present.
Ed P. December 23, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Sorry, they are ALL beholden to big banks and Wall Street. Obama's biggest campaign contributor this year is Wall Street.
Popeye December 24, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Tea Baggers lose again...:)
Rich December 24, 2011 at 02:14 AM
Where do I sign up to get Issa out of office for ever?
Ed P. December 24, 2011 at 06:11 AM
Where do I sign to re-elect him? You can disagree with people that don't agree with you but calling them names (like that Rhodes Scholar Popeye) does nothing to advance an intelligent discussion.
Cindy Petersen December 24, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Issa's voting record shows that he is not working to help California's small businesses or unemployed. The House deficit bill was a job killer. Over a million jobs would have been lost. At least before the Republicans ascended into the House, they were trying to create jobs. As far as his voting record for small business: • Nov. 2009- voted no to Small Business Financing and Investment Act of 2009 • Dec. 2009- voted no to Jobs for Main Street Act – The House passed this $154 billion jobs bill which is partially paid for by unspent money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Its intent was to stabilize jobs through infrastructure investments. • March 2010- Voted no to Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act. The House passed this legislation to provide tax incentives for small business job creation, extend the Build America Bonds program, and provide other infrastructure job creation tax incentives. • June 2010- Voted no to the Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010. The House passed this bill that would establish a $30 billion lending fund administered by the Treasury Department to invest in financial institutions, like community banks, with the intention of expanding the availability of credit to small businesses.
Linda Ridenour December 24, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Roberto please explain how the Keystone pipeline will benefit us? If America wants to refine the oil, we should put the plant closer to the boarder. Less cost ? LindaI hope.
Tonto December 24, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Small businesses don't want to borrow money from the government. They want the government to get off their backs so they can MAKE money. Tax of any kind is killing this country. The only thing the government can do for business is to get out of the way :)
Mary Ann Mealey December 24, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Tonto, that is just exactly the way Mr Issa thinks also and he does not waver. He gets my vote.
Roberto December 24, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Linda Ridenour said: 2:07 pm on Saturday, December 24, 2011 "Roberto please explain how the Keystone pipeline will benefit us? If America wants to refine the oil, we should put the plant closer to the boarder. Less cost ? LindaI hope." REPLY: The Tar sands in Alberta, Canada are land locked meaning they can be pumped to Refineries in the United States or overseas. China already owns a substantial amount of the fields. In the interest of national security we need "Friendly oil". There are refineries already taking the upgraders oil throughout the United States. What the pipeline will allow is more flexibility and a steady reliable source not subject to the whims of the Middle East. Tar Sands are going to be processed regardless of the United States. The question is do we benefit or wait for Obama's delay as a campaign strategy for 2012. This along with all the latest discoveries in the Permian Basin, Wyoming etc. etc. will go far in freeing us and keep the revenue in North America. Last time I checked, The U.S. imported over 60% of it's oil. Even with the current 1.4 million barrels from Canada and 1.2 million barrels dailey from Mexico it's nowhere near enough. The technology to produce Tar sand oil environmentally freindly from SAGD & Shovel Operations exist today and the United States cannot dictate to Canada what they do with their oil.
Tonto December 24, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Its much more important to Obam's election campaign to please his waco environmentalist and out of control union base then worry about things like national security :( I'm sure he will do whats right for his Chinese communist buddies.
Roberto December 25, 2011 at 12:05 AM
The odd thing here is the Unionist are on the side of Republicans on this issue. I always thought the Unionist carried more weight than the Environmental waco's. I guess I was wrong or Obama has already talked to the unionist about his campaign strategy while endangering America's future. What a bunch of nuts!
Tonto December 25, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Obama has chased more union jobs out of the country in true democratic style, all bushes fault of course, maybe union members are waking up and smelling the coffee :)
Roberto December 25, 2011 at 03:03 AM
I doubt it. The estimate for the project is approximately 20,000 Jobs. I believe the figure is much higher.
Cindy Petersen December 25, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Roberto. I hear that the figure is actually 5,000 jobs. And not all of them are permanent.
Roberto December 25, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Even if it were one job and the 20,000 plus jobs is the most likely figure, We are still talking about national security and stopping the Middle East from factoring into United States policy to the extent it does. Outdated Refineries in America get modernized oppossed to importing more finished products from countries with no environmental regulations. The delay is nothing more than a campaign ploy by Obama to appease environmental radicals. 5000 thousand jobs? to manage maintain, monitor, Non destructive testing, regulatory compliance of a pipeline from Alberta Canada to Houston Texas...really?
Tonto December 26, 2011 at 02:51 AM
Next they will link the pipeline to global warming somehow :(
Roberto December 26, 2011 at 05:38 AM
Tonto 6:51 pm on Sunday, December 25, 2011 Next they will link the pipeline to global warming somehow :( REPLY: They already beat you to it. The Environmental extremist believe they can control Bitumen (tar sand oil) from being produced. The oil either goes over the Canadian Rockies from Alberta Canada then overseas or the United States. It's that simple. The technology for extracting Bitumen is viable and can be done in an environmentally safe method. The environmental technology and jobs alone is worth Billions of dollars to America.
Tonto December 26, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Sounds like a good name for another worthless beauracracy - The Federal Bitumen Administration - legions of unproductive impotent "jobs" sucking tax money dry :(
Linda Ridenour December 26, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Thank you for the information. Will the pipeline be above ground? Is this where the jobs will come from? I think Alaska has above ground pipes?
Roberto December 26, 2011 at 09:32 PM
12:48 pm on Monday, December 26, 2011 Linda Ridenour 12:21 pm on Monday, December 26, 2011 Thank you for the information. Will the pipeline be above ground? Is this where the jobs will come from? I think Alaska has above ground pipes? REPLY: The pipeline will be mostly above ground is my understanding. Pipelines depending on the engineering requirements can be above ground, trenched with a cover or underground if asthetics require it unlike high power lines. They can also be in a piperack overhead for crossing waterways or trenched underground and even underwater ways utilizing double containment or secondary containment is case of a leak. Leak detection equipement, "fat" i.e. thickness built into the pipeline along with leak detection systems are everywhere along with shutdown system from booster station to another. The US is sprawling with pipelines already. This is just another pipeline. Oil Companies have pipelines running through the middle of Los Angeles that run to Las Vegas, Phoenix and beyond. Hydrocarbon pipelines and the technology have been around for a very long time. Oil from Bakersfield, Ventura have been piped to enter Los Angeles Refineries for decades running through city corridors such as easements and right-of-ways.

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