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Payroll Tax Cut Extension

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 23, 2011 - WASHINGTON - In a nearly empty U.S. House chamber, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, offered the "unanimous consent" motion on Friday to accept the Senate's payroll tax compromise, and Speaker John Boehner quickly sealed the deal.

Ill. Republicans defend stance on payroll tax cut

Dec 22, 2011
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Illinois' Republican congressmen are largely defending their party's decision not to support an extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits.

They say the U.S. Senate bill they rejected called for only a two-month extension, and they think a longer-term solution would be better.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that a one-year extension would get the issue "out of political debate."

Reps. Bobby Schilling and Aaron Schock agreed. Schilling called the Senate's plan "unworkable."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 20, 2011 - Update: A procedural measure passed on a party-line vote late Tuesday morning, clearing the way for debate of the Republican proposal to turn down the Senate measure and establish a negotiating committee so the two chambers could resolve their differences. | New York Times

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dec 20, 2011
Forest Park Forever president and executive director Lesley Hoffarth said public input will help guide future changes and upgrades at the city's most well-known green space.
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Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Slay authorizes $64 million in bonds for St. Louis parks

Funding for St. Louis City parks will no longer be siphoned into other capital improvement projects, following a bill signing by Mayor Francis Slay Monday night.

McCaskill proposes bill designed to boost jobs

Dec 6, 2011
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Two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to cut payroll taxes, boost transportation funding and restrict regulation.

Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, on Tuesday announced their proposed legislation.

The federal lawmakers say the legislation will boost jobs. They also called it an example of what bipartisanship can produce.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 6, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Note: article has been updated following a Capitol press conference - Trying to break a Senate impasse over extending the payroll tax cut, a bipartisan pair of senators -- Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Susan Collins, R-Maine -- floated a plan Tuesday that would pay for that extension by ending Big Oil tax breaks and imposing a tax surcharge on millionaires that would spare some small businesses owners.

Durbin: Democrats to keep pushing payroll tax cut

Dec 2, 2011
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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says Democrats will continue to push for votes on a payroll tax cut extension after it failed.

Senate Republicans on Thursday rejected a Democratic plan to pay for the $120 billion tax cut extension with an extra tax on income above $1 million. Durbin says Congress is "going to go back to this next week and the following week."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2011 - WASHINGTON - They back rival baseball clubs, but St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory say they are on the same team when it comes for the need to extend -- and perhaps expand -- the payroll tax cut for working people.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 27, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Starting five weeks from now, most workers will notice that their paychecks are a bit smaller -- to the tune of $1,000 a year for the average American.

At least that's what will happen if Congress takes no action next month to extend the payroll tax cut. And, in the wake of the failure of the "super committee" to reach a deficit-reduction deal last week, a payroll-tax battle is now brewing on Capitol Hill