This morning, former Democrat Senator Evan Bayh made clear that a two month extension of the payroll tax and doc fix was “ridiculous” and said it “should have been extended for a full year.” House Republicans agree. Americans deserve a more responsible approach, and we will ensure that it happens.
Transcript Of Senator Bayh’s Comments On Fox News Sunday:
Chris Wallace: Senator Bayh, is the kind of legislating why you quit?
Sen. Bayh: In part, Chris, and it also explains why Congress' job approval is now 9%. I mean, this was ridiculous. This should have been extended for a full year. The pipeline ought to go forward, but this allows the President a pretty quick out after 60 days, he can say there's just not enough time to decide. So, you know, look, I think the House has got a decision to make here. It ought to be extended for a full year. They can amend the bill and send it back to the Senate. This reminds me of a saying in the House, they say in this case the Democrats may be the opposition party but the Senate is the enemy. So the prospect of forcing the Senators to come back to Washington to deal with this probably delights the House Members. This action in the Senate plays right into the President's hands and allows him to be a more zealous tax cutter than the Republicans. He wants to extend it for a full year, they only gave him two months. It allows him to play the populist card. He's for a tax cut for everybody, where they're just concerned about the Bush Tax Cuts and it allows him to run against Congress. This is from my view, political malpractice 101.
• View Senator Bayh’s Comments HERE