Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y,: “Speaker Boehner has two choices, and there are only two: The first is to pass the [payroll tax] bipartisan bill the Senate passed 89-10 – a vast majority of Republicans, a lot of Tea Party guys voted for it. The second is the middle class tax cut will lapse, and he will be responsible. And I don’t think he wants that. So what I suggest is he bring it to the floor tonight – he will – and don’t twist arms. Just let the chips fall where they may. Let the members vote their conscience. You’ll get just about every Democrat to vote for it; you’ll get plenty of Republicans to vote for it. It’ll pass, and it’ll be off his shoulders. And the only reason he doesn’t do that is he’s afraid of the 80 Tea Party way-out-there people in his caucus. He’s letting them run his caucus, run the House and try to run America. It’s not good for anybody.”
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