White House: GOP ‘playing politics’ with pipeline

December 10, 2011

By Dave Boyer-The Washington Times

The White House Friday blasted House Republicans for “playing politics” with a new proposal that ties an extension of payroll tax cuts to the approval of a massive new oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

“With only 22 days left before taxes go up an average of $1,000 for 160 million hard-working Americans, Republican leaders in Congress are still playing politics at the expense of middle-class families,” said presidential spokesman Jay Carney.

He criticized GOP leaders for “choosing to refight old political battles” rather than find a compromise with Democrats.

Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, introduced legislation Friday that would extend the payroll tax cut beyond Jan. 1 while adding language to speed approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would create up to 20,000 jobs. President Obama said earlier this week he would reject a tax-cut bill that includes the pipeline project.

The State Department has postponed a decision on the pipeline until late next year, fueling criticism that the Obama administration is ducking the issue to appease environmentalists who are important to the president’s re-election. The Keystone project is perilous politically for Mr. Obama because several labor unions have strongly backed the pipeline because of the jobs it will create.

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