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Partisan Bickering Frustrates Dold

Congressman wants action rather than gamesmanship on payroll tax holiday and extension of long term unemployment benefits.

With time running out for Congress to pass an extension of the payroll tax holiday and long term unemployment benefits to keep millions of Americans from having less money in their pockets after Jan. 1, said he is tiring of partisan bickering. 

“There is a lot of gamesmanship going in this political season and there is little doubt why the American people are fed up,” Dold said. “We need to get moving.” Dold does not see it getting better with elections next year. 

Dold voted for a  which the Senate rejected before passing its own bill Saturday extending benefits for 60 days. Dold flew back to Washington Monday expecting to vote on the Senate version or amend it that night. 

No vote was taken Monday and Dold awaits further decisions from leadership today on the next step while working Americans wonder if more taxes will come out of their paychecks and many of those without work will receive benefits next year. 

“In the case of the two-month extension it is too much uncertainty,” Dold said of his objection to the Senate proposal. Dold would rather people know for the next year the amount of their payroll deductions or whether they will receive unemployment payments. 

Dold is also prepared to see the two issues resolved through legislation along with approval of the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and assurances fees physicians receive from Medicare will not be reduced. 

“I’m going back and will be in Washington until we fix the problem,” Dold said in his Northbrook office Monday. 

Dold would like to see the Medicare payment extension last for two years. He also said the pipeline will create 20,000 new jobs and 100,000 ancillary positions in the southern United States. 

Labor unions favor the idea while some environmental groups want further study, according to Dold. Regardless, Canada is ready to export the oil. 

“Canada said the oil is going,” Dold said. “If we don’t take it China is getting it.” Dold also worries about the environmental impact of the use of the petroleum by China.

MD December 20, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Your headline (and Dold's alleged frustration) are a joke. If the GOP wants an extension of the payroll tax holiday, they merely need to vote for it. Instead, they insist on bootstrapping other pieces of legislation to the bill that they know won't pass and then they pretend the lack of action on an extension of the tax holiday is all due to partisan "bickering". Has this guy ever once bucked the leadership of his party for the sake of getting something done? Methinks he doth protest too much and too quick.
Chaz Writ December 20, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Lets just get this straight - Dold wants to extend the payroll and unemployment taxes for an entire year rather than two-months, and that makes him hyper-partisan. One has to ask themselves why the Democrats only want to extend the bill for two months? Could it be that the Democrats enjoy these partisan battles and want to do them as often as possible because they have the press to do their bidding on making Republicans look like the bad guys...? I think so. This is a 'jobs bill' and attaching the Keystone Pipe will create between 10,000 and 20,000 jobs. It will also lower the price of oil, which will allow more consumers to spend money on other things besides their gas tank = demand. Isn't infrastructure and "demand" what the Democrats have been taught by their leaders to want?
Sully December 20, 2011 at 01:58 PM
The dems, compromised. Originally the repubs. didn't want to go for a whole year, which is why the bipartisan two-month time period was come up with. Boehner was all for this two month extension until the tea party faction of the House started to whine.
Sully December 20, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Sorry- that should be dems. (period, not a comma).
Chaz Writ December 20, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Sally, if the Dems wanted this to be for an entire year, then they should be happy that they might now get that. Certainly, you we can tolerate a little more negotiation this week if it means that we can get a 1-year bill rather than a 2-month bill, right? MD, Sally, do you guys really want a 2-month extension or are you just supporting it to score political points?
Chaz Writ December 20, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Harry Reid (the guys whose Senate has not passed a Budget in over 900 days!) says he will not convene a bi-cameral conference unless the House passes the Senate Bill. Lets' think this through-- the conference will not do anything for two months. Hey Harry, stop your political gamemanship and come to the negotiating table. The Senate and the House have both passed legislation, NOW its time to iron our out the wrinkles because none of us except Sally and MD want to revisit this issue in February. Do the Democrats want political fights for the sake of political fights because they think that political fights make Republicans look bad, or do they want to create an environemnt favorable to jobs. Two unnessary months of this bullhonkey reveals them as wanting political fights.
RB December 20, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Dold signed the Grover Norquist pledge. Instead of just one pledge to the citizens of the District he signed a pledge that he would NEVER vote to increase revenue. Not in wartime, economic crisis, or another emergency. By signing the pledge he limited his ability to act in a responsible way when needed. I want a representative to be able to do what's right when times call for it. Dold clearly has another agenda...basically appeal to the Tea Party and hope they will carry him to another victory....that's so last year, and he (and we) have to live with his pledge FOREVER!
Bringin' Down Briarwood December 20, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Oh boo, hoo!!' Is this really coming from the guy who was the national posterchild for the Republicans' last hissy fit about the budget? He was all over the media shooting off the party line. Now he doesn't like the partisan politics?!?! Please. Show some leadership, get a spine and do the right thing for the country and your district rather than following like a lemming. Even his own party is frustrated by House republicans.
Susan Cook December 20, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Anybody that signs a pledge, does not think about what his own district thinks, most teaparty members will see their error come election time, Grover won't save all of you. I think we should do away with ALL lobbists groups, all our reps. should be able to live comfortably without them stuffing money in their pockets, and then and only then will these reps. do whats right for the people.
Ellie December 21, 2011 at 02:25 AM
Too bad President Obama never ran a business, or met a payroll! Where are serious LONG TERM proposals to grow jobs? So every two months, every business in America needs to adjust its payroll software to the whims of Democrat Senate leader Reid and President Obama. This CHAOS should drive even more businesses overseas!
Donny December 21, 2011 at 04:35 AM
Ron Paul 2012.
RB December 21, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Oh that's just what we need....absolutely no regulation! The banks always have our best interest, we can trust them...and the drug companies...and the environment? Self regulation by BP and others will prevent any future oil spills. And Polar Bears? Who needs them. Ron Paul just takes no Government intrusion too far.
Donny December 21, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Ron Paul, the quiet storm.
Deep Dish Pizza December 21, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Hey Chaz Solar, wind and other green technology will create more jobs than 10 Keystones but the GOP and Dold keep voting to slash those "jobs". If Dold wants to end his party's "gamesmanship" he can have his so-called leadership remove all the anti-Democratic pieces of the Tea Party Poison Pill bill that he already says he voted for. The Senate GOP agreed to end THEIR games (except for Mark Kirk who was one of only a few Senators -- GOP or Dem -- to vote AGAINST the middle class tax cut). The bill that the Senate passed with huge bipartisan numbers (a rarity) was exactly what Tea Party Prince John Boehner said he wanted -- a compromise to ensure the middle class doesn't get hit with a tax spike on Jan. 1st. Now that both GOPs and Dems in the Senate actually called the Tea Party's bluff Boehner, Dold and the rest of the House GOP are trying to move the goal posts AGAIN. Vote for the Senate bill and do what you claim you want to do Dold -- end the Tea Party games.
Deep Dish Pizza December 21, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Hey Chaz Boehner was the one that wanted the 2-month compromise. Now he and the rest of the Tea Party are whining that the GOPs and Dems in the Senate actually gave it to him. Dold is just as bad. If he wants his "leadership" to let him vote on the Senate bill then just do it. Maybe he's too weak.
Deep Dish Pizza December 21, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Why don't conservatives stop lying. If there's no budget for 900 days how is the Federal government still functioning? My hunch is that "Chaz Writ" is just one of Dold's immature staffers who are infamous for posting asinine comments on newspaper comment boards and for worming their way into Democrat meetings to spy on them. Dold raised everybody's hopes that maybe he could handle being a Congressman but he's just a whiney little weak-kneed bench warmer.
Deep Dish Pizza December 21, 2011 at 03:01 PM
It's not like Dold ever ran a business. He got his job, his "company" and even his house handed to him by his mommy and daddy. Dold was born on 3rd base and thought he hit a home run. The only companies he actually ran by himself were some Wisconsin exterminator outlets that lost money. PS - Reid AND GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell already did compromise. That's why the Senate tax cut extension passed w/ some 90 votes. Only anti-middle class Mark Kirk and handful of other yahoos voted against it. And guess what. That compromise was exactly what Boehner and the Tea Party SAID they wanted last week. Now Boehner and Dold are trying to move the goal posts AGAIN. Hey jerkies --- we the people in the middle class REALLY ARE sick and tired of YOUR games. You included Dold.
Deep Dish Pizza December 21, 2011 at 03:05 PM
I love how Dold says "if we don't take the Keystone oil China is getting it"..... China is getting it anyway. Duh. It's called the world market. We get our oil from Africa, South America and the Middle East. The pipeline just goes through a bunch of Republican states in the US out west and they don't even want this toxic disaster in their backyards. That oil won't go to the US. Maybe Dold should read up on his facts before opening his mouth and whining some more.
Charlie December 21, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Thanks Mr. Dolt. You owe everything to your iconic buddy Joe Walsh. Can you say "one and done"? The both of you...Gone. Keep up the good work., Congressman Coward.
J Steen January 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM
RepubliKlan like this cake-eating putz are HISTORY come November !
J Steen January 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Ron Paul, the fake "doctor" that refused to use a washroom in the home of a gay supporter in San Francisco - - yeah, any "doctor" that is THAT up on communicable disease has MY vote !!
Lennie Jarratt July 30, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I know facts are a hard thing for you sometime @Sully, but the GOP House passed a year long extension that Obama and the Senate Dems rejected. The Dems were the ones wanting only 2 months, the GOP wanted a year: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/us/politics/house-passes-extension-of-payroll-tax-cut.html "WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Tuesday passed a bill extending a cut in Social Security payroll taxes for 160 million Americans for another year. "

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