House Republicans are willing to consider an extension of the payroll tax break, but only if they get all kinds of rewards, including new restrictions on unemployment benefits.
One Democratic leader today had a compelling response to one GOP demand in particular.
South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, a member of House Democratic leadership, told POLITICO he rejects a host of the top Republican offsets, illustrating the tricky path Democrats must travel when negotiating with the GOP.
“I have a real problem with what I consider a penalty to the federal employees; I got a real problem with the mandated drug testing for unemployment insurance,” he said Monday, citing an extended federal pay freeze and a favorite conservative change to jobless benefits. “We don’t demand drug testing for people getting farm subsidies.”
I have nothing to add to that.