Extending tax cuts for working and middle class Americans is being held up by Boehner’s House. The Republicans are trying to frame this standoff as being about length of time — that two months isn’t long enough. It’s not about the length of time. The GOP will ONLY agree if the oil and coal industries get to pollute without question or consequence:
The payroll tax bill sent by House Republicans to the U.S. Senate included two polluter poison pills, the Keystone XL provision for the oil industry and Boiler MACT language to protect toxic coal pollution. In an underreported move, the Senate stripped the coal poison pill. Now GOP members of the House are “committed” to put coal back in the Christmas stocking. They are willing to let the extension of the payroll tax cut die to attack the so-called Boiler MACT rules that would save tens of thousands of lives a year…
And here’s an unsurprising fact:
[...] Boehner, Upton, Murphy, LaTourette, and Griffith have received a combined $1,789,000 in contributions from the coal industry since 1999.
If the GOP-led House gets its way and you’re a working or middle class Republican voter, what exactly did you win in this fight?