This morning, Speaker Pro Tempore Jeff Denham, under orders from Speaker Boehner, refused to allow Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn to speak on the floor and call for the payroll tax cut conference committee to get to work:
Mr. Clyburn [microphone silent]: Mr. Speaker, Democrats are here ready to work. We can’t wait. We need to extend the payroll tax cuts for the middle class. Where are the Republicans? I call for the payroll tax cut conference committee to get to work.
It’s time for House Republicans to immediately begin working with Democrats on a long-term agreement to extend the payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans—and avoid taking us to the point of brinkmanship once again.
Americans are out of work and we’ve got work to do, but Republicans are out of session. We can’t wait.