Ouch. From Politico
The Republicans are getting tarred over this matter, and rightly so. They walked into their own political trap and now want everyone else to let them go. Isn’t going to happen. The House Republicans are going to have to come to terms with the importance of governing. That is why they wanted to be elected, right? Or was it to just blow up bridges? The teabaggers are learning a lesson, and I might add so are those other Republicans who used that odious Tea Party element their own political ends.
In a blow to House Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has called on the House to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax bill, with a push to use the extra time to negotiate a full year extension. McConnell is also requesting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appoint conferees to negotiate a longer-term bill. “The House should pass an extension that locks in the thousands of Keystone XL pipeline jobs, prevents any disruption in the payroll tax holiday or other expiring provisions, and allows Congress to work on a solution for the longer extensions,” McConnell said in a Thursday statement.
Reid later released a statement promising that he will be “happy to restart the negotiating process to forge a year-long extension” as soon as the House passes the Senate’s two-month compromise deal.