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Top Republican: We'll Only Extend Payroll Tax Cut If You Extend Bush Cuts Too


In November 2009, Kyl felt differently. On CNBC he argued, "What you're suggesting here is that you can do some things to stimulate job creation and certainly doing something like reducing the payroll tax, which has been written about recently, would accomplish that."

For the most part, Republicans have been demanding that the cost of the payroll tax holiday be offset with spending cuts. Kyl's suggestion would dramatically worsen the overall fiscal impact of a the payroll cut. The plan Democrats introduced Monday would last one year at a cost of about $180 billion. A full extension of the Bush tax cuts would cost about $4 trillion over 10 years.

In 2010, Kyl told me and a group of reporters "My view, and I think most of the people in my party don't believe that you should ever have to offset a tax cut."

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