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Boehner ‘may’ hold payroll tax cut hostage over Keystone pipeline

By David Edwards
Sunday, January 22, 2012 12:24 EDT
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John Boehner speaks to Fox News
 
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said on Sunday that he may block an extension of the payroll tax holiday if President Barack Obama does not approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that this Keystone pipeline is in fact approved,” the Speaker told Fox News host Chris Wallace.

“Are you saying you may link the Keystone pipeline to extending the payroll tax holiday?” Wallace asked.

“We may,” Boehner admitted. “As I say, all options are on the table.”

“Why not demand that if he wants the payroll tax cut, he has to approve it?” Wallace urged. “In other words, it comes with it. You want the payroll tax cut, the pipeline goes with it.”

“All options are on the table,” Boehner repeated.

Wallace also noted that during his upcoming annual State of the Union speech, Obama would ask for more help for the middle class, propose that the wealth pay more taxes and suggest a “grand bargain” to cut the deficit and raise the nation’s debt limit.

“It sounds to me like the same old policies that we’ve seen,” Boehner complained. “And if that’s what the president’s going to talk about Tuesday night, I think it’s pathetic.”

Last week, the Obama administration rejected TransCanada Corp.’s plan to pipe Canadian oil sands through sensitive environmental areas to Gulf Coast refineries. The 2 percentage point payroll tax cut for 160 million workers expires in February.

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast Jan. 22, 2012.

 
David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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