In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Watch GOPer Literally Walk Out On Dem Attempt To Push Payroll Tax Cut

Es9pg86kw1pdmmeaj8f5
Newscom

"Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask for unanimous consent that we bring up the bill to extend the tax cut to 160 million Americans, as you walk off the floor Mr. Speaker, you're walking away, just as so many Republicans have walked away from middle-class tax payers, the unemployed, and very frankly as well from those who will be seeking medical assistance from their doctors -- 48 million senior citizens."

The Speaker Pro Temp, Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA), was just following orders. But the optics for Republicans -- who were, again, just down the hall for a media spray -- were terrible.

About The Author

Ivcd1zuomgpknmdsebhc

Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

Progress overnight on deployment of new commenting system. We hope to move into a short beta-testing phase shortly.