Clearly the bill does have that requirement. That it also has a loophole, that the Republicans might want to argue about, does not mean the requirement does not exist.
The sum of the language is that Obama must approve the pipeline unless he comes up with a pre-defined excuse (national interest), which he must explain to congress.
If you want to read a little further, you'll also see that if Obama does nothing, then the pipeline becomes approved automatically. Is the intent of this language really all that hard to decipher?
Last edited by Karl; 12-22-11 at 12:37 PM.
House Republicans have gone completely off the reservation here, and nothing shows it better than Mitch McConnell telling Boehner that he should do the right thing.
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Intellectually dishonest talking points. You mean points like "The GOP doesn't know the value of $40?," or that the top 1% don't pay taxes? Intellectual dishonesty is a nice way of putting it. Just pertaining to the current OP, the entire issue has little to do with the extension of the payroll tax cut. Sentiment across the aisle is that the payroll tax cut must be extended.Come on... you guys know this, why keep trotting out the intellectually dishonest talking points which have long ago been debunked?
The arguments within the House and Senate have to do with the REST of the bill. All the stuff that has been crammed into it, making it an argument about entitlement reform rather than payroll taxes. And they all know this, but what is presented to the people is that the GOP are trying to increase people's taxes. This is simply not true. It is more than intellectually dishonest... it is an affront to the intelligence of Americans- as if they can't can't see through the smoke and mirrors. And the sad part is, the president's base can't see through it. Which is why the dishonesty is such an effective political tool for this president.
Other examples are the so-called 'fair tax', which would increase the tax load on the poor while arguably reducing the tax load on the rich, as well as the so-called 'flat tax' which would increase the tax load on the poor, and of course the now defunct (I suppose) Herman Cain 9-9-9 plan. So yes, definitely, if you are on the lower end of the income spectrum then the GOP is indeed trying to increase your taxes -- often at the benefit of the rich.