“The Republicans will not give Democrats an early Christmas present by being so stupid.”
“Otherwise the GOP is driving a nail in its own coffin.”
“Republicans are seeing their political lives flash before them. This will be necessary but not sufficient to save them.”
“No deal is raising taxes by Republicans and deserting the needy by Democrats.”
“Far from a sure thing, however, given widespread Republican opposition to breaks for the non-rich or for pay-fors that require shared sacrifice.”
“I believe that consensus will continue to grow and that the payroll-tax cut and [unemployment insurance] will be extended, but probably not as proposed by the president in his jobs bill.”
“The only real question is how bad everyone looks before the deal is cut.”
“I think we’ll pass a payroll-tax break for 2012. I am not as confident about extending unemployment-insurance benefits.”
Do you think a deal will be reached so that both the payroll-tax break and extended jobless benefits are continued in 2012?
Republicans (18 votes)
“Ultimately, Congress will get a deal done. It won’t come easy, but it will get done.”
“We need to get this done. [Unemployment insurance] needs reform. Incredible that R’s are arguing against a tax cut—what in the world?”
“Better be consistent. How does not extending tax cuts wash for the ‘Big Daddy’ next year?”
“Yes, but not in their current form.”
“They will be extended, but they will be offset fully with spending cuts, [unemployment insurance] reforms, and GOP jobs measures in return.”
“Yes, but they both must be paid for.”
“Yes, but it must be paid for and it cannot include any increase in tax rates. If the Democrats insist on anything that violates those two conditions, no deal can pass the House.”
“Yes—it will be a stinker, though.”
Democratic Congressional Insiders Sens. Sherrod Brown, Ben Cardin, Thomas Carper, Christopher A. Coons, Mark Pryor, Tom Udall; Reps. Jason Altmire, Robert Andrews, Tammy Baldwin, Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman, Lois Capps, Michael Capuano, Dennis Cardoza, James Clyburn, Gerry Connolly, Joseph Crowley, Diana DeGette, Rosa DeLauro, Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Bob Filner, Rush Holt, Mike Honda, Marcy Kaptur, Jim Langevin, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Ed Markey, Jim McGovern, Jim Moran, Gary Peters, Collin Peterson, David Price, Linda Sanchez, Allyson Schwartz, Jose Serrano, Bennie Thompson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Henry Waxman, Peter Welch, and Frederica Wilson.
GOP Congressional Insiders Sens. Johnny Isakson, Richard Lugar, David Vitter; Reps. John Boehner, Charles Boustany, Kevin Brady, John Campbell, Eric Cantor, John Carter, Tom Cole, Mike Conaway, Jeff Denham, David Dreier, Sean Duffy, Jo Ann Emerson, Jeff Flake, Scott Garrett, Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, Kay Granger, Doc Hastings, Nan Hayworth, Mike Kelly, Peter King, Jack Kingston, Adam Kinzinger, John Kline, Dan Lungren, Kenny Marchant, Kevin McCarthy, Patrick McHenry, Candice Miller, Sue Myrick, Devin Nunes, Tom Price, Dave Reichert, Phil Roe, Paul Ryan, Aaron Schock, Adrian Smith, Steve Stivers, Lee Terry, Pat Tiberi, Fred Upton, Daniel Webster, and Joe Wilson.
This article appears in the Dec. 10, 2011, edition of National Journal.