Rick Crawford takes both sides; Tea Party folds on tax cut | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rick Crawford takes both sides; Tea Party folds on tax cut

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM

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U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford has posted on his website encouragement for House Speaker John Boehner to compromise on the payroll tax cut, as Senate Republicans have asked ..... immediately above a news release two days earlier decrying this "irresponsible" deal.

UPDATE: He's stricken that "irresponsible" item now.

You could see where Crawford might be getting a little antsy. Word might reach the 1st District of Arkansas that he voted to put a $1,000 tax increase on working Americans in nine days and he also voted to adjourn the House and go home — shooting a big bird at the bipartisan consensus reached in the Senate.

UPDATE: Crawford's change of heart is the canary in the coal mine of death of the House Tea Party opposition to a short-term fix. It's breaking all over now.

UPDATE II: A grumpy Tim Griffin gets on board:

“The agreement reached is not everything I hoped for, but it includes the critical pro-jobs Keystone pipeline provision, relief to taxpayers and small businesses and requires the Senate to appoint negotiators so we can forge a year solution: I will support it.”

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