Eyes on "the prize:" GOP Playing Politics, Risking Middle Class Tax Hikes

In the House Republicans’ weekly meeting yesterday, Speaker John Boehner reportedly told his members: “The big prize is 2012.”

That’s truly disappointing, since Democrats believe the big prize is getting millions of Americans back to work and finding agreement on the three outstanding issues we need to address before Congress adjourns for the year: extending the payroll tax holiday for middle class families, extending unemployment benefits, fixing the Medicare physician payment rate. All three expire at the end of the year, and time is running out. It’s time for Republicans to stop focusing on politics and start focusing on helping the middle class.