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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.

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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