Senate Democrats

Minutes Apart, Cantor and Boehner Claimed That They’ve Always Wanted A Full Year Extension

Cantor: “John Boehner and I have always been together in saying we want a year’s worth of tax relief for the working people in this country.”  [MSNBC, 12/20/11]

Boehner: “There’s no disagreement here.  There’s no disagreement at all.  About the fact that everyone wants to extend this for the next year.”  [Boehner Floor Speech, 12/20/11]

…Except They Didn’t:

Boehner: Payroll Tax Cut Is A “Little Short-Term Gimmick.”  “House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called proposals to extend or expand the payroll tax cut ‘another little short-term gimmick.’”  [AP, 6/23/11]

Cantor Spokesman: “Better Ways to Grow Economy” Than Payroll Tax Cut.   Cantor spokesman said: “If the goal is job creation, Leader Cantor has long believed that there are better ways to grow the economy and create jobs than temporary payroll tax relief.”  [New York Times, 8/25/11]