The House of Representatives, led by a majority of Republicans, voted 234-192 today to extend the payroll tax cut and speed the process for government approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.
President Obama has said he would veto the measure, which attaches pipeline approval to the payroll tax cut, setting up further brinkmanship before Congress’ holiday recess begins at the end of the week.
Congress had been debating the payroll tax cut extension and a spending bill that must pass in order to keep the government funded after Friday and avoid a shutdown. [QUOTE: CNN]
- US Chamber Gloats About Keystone XL Poison-Pill Lobbying Spree (thinkprogress.org)
- Keystone pipeline a tough decision for Obama (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- It’s Not Over Yet: Keystone XL Resurrected, Tied to Payroll Tax Cut (throughagreenlens.com)
- State Department will not accept arbitrary deadline from Congress on Keystone XL (dailykos.com)
- Obama Administration: GOP Keystone XL Poison Pill Would Force A Permit Denial (thinkprogress.org)