Public Pressure Helped Obama Win Payroll Tax Cut

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President Obama at the Boeing Facility in Everett, Washington

Click photo to watch President Obama at the Boeing Facility in Everett, Washington

Click photo to watch President Obama at the Boeing Facility in Everett, Washington

President Obama while speaking at the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington:

“Now just today, we actually took an important short-term step to strengthen our economy. Just before we got here, Congress did the right thing and voted to make sure that taxes would not go up on middle-class families at the end of this month. (Applause.) Congress also agreed to extend unemployment insurance for millions of Americans — maybe some of your family members — who are still out there looking for a job. So I’m going to sign this bill right away when I get back home. (Applause.)

“You guys may remember, this middle-class tax cut is something I proposed in my jobs bill back in September. And because you kept the pressure on Congress, because you reminded people what it means to have 40 bucks taken out of your paycheck every week, it got done. This is a big deal. And I want to thank members of Congress for listening to the voices of the American people. It is amazing what happens when Congress focuses on doing the right thing instead of just playing politics. This was a good example, and Congress should take pride in it. “

Michael McIntee

Michael McIntee is a former network TV news executive with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his broadcasting career at the University of Minnesota's student radio station. He is an expert producer, writer, video editor who has a fondness for new technology but denies that he is a geek. More about Michael McIntee »

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