Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad speaks with reporters before voting on a pair of proposals to extend the payroll tax cut Thursday. Both plans were rejected.
“House Republicans’ bill is a partisan joke that has no chance of passing the Senate,” Reid continued. “Instead of playing political games, Congress should work to find common ground. In the days ahead, I intend to do exactly that.”
As the bickering continues, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) warned Members today that they should prepare for a weekend session. He had already cautioned that the chamber may have to work next weekend.
And Obama, in a rare and brief question-and-answer session with reporters, threatened Christmas.
“I do not expect Congress to go home unless the payroll tax cut is extended and unless unemployment insurance is extended. It would be wrong for families, but it also would be wrong for the economy as a whole,” Obama said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.