Idaho's Sen. Crapo takes on another tough job: Payroll tax talks, Keystone XL, unemployment insurance

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has been named by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as one of three GOP senators on the Conference Committee responsible for negotiating payroll tax relief beyond the 2-month stopgap that ends in February.

The conferees also will deal with a GOP push to accelerate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and the fight over extending unemployment insurance benefits. A conference committee aims to resolve differences between the House and Senate.

“These deliberations will be neither easy nor quick but we need to get these matters under control, get people back on the job and grow our economy,” Crapo said in a news release.

Crapo has become a go-to guy for cracking tough nuts. President Obama appointed him to the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction panel that presented a plan a year ago. And Crapo is a member of the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Six," which is seeking a major compromise on long-term deficit reduction.

In a news release Friday, McConnell, R-Ken., said he'd appointed Crapo and GOP Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and John Barrasso of Wyoming.

“These three Senators will help lead our efforts to focus on the areas of agreement between the House and Senate approaches to these expiring provisions. Both the Senate and House produced bills that require the President to quickly make a decision on whether to support thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs through the Keystone XL pipeline, and were fully paid for without raising taxes on job creators. Both extended current law on additional unemployment insurance payments, the temporary payroll tax holiday, seniors’ access to medical care and TANF. And both were passed with bipartisan support,” McConnell said in the release.

“But as we move into the new year, it’s crucial for everyone to realize that, once this temporary extension is behind us, the larger goal is to move beyond a discussion of temporary assistance, and toward a bipartisan plan to get our economy moving again, reform the tax code, and preserve and protect entitlement programs for future generations.”

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Keystone XL pipeline

I have a few questions on the pipeline....

1) How much will it cost to protect and defend it from threats? It runs through large portions of the US. And where will that money to guard it come from?

2) Are the agencies ready for a break or spill. Tar-sand oil extraction is highly toxic and accidents MUST be cleaned up and address immediately. We cannot have another BP deep sea type "accident" that cost us billions in environmental damages, livelihoods, lawsuits, and clean up.

3) After initial construction, how many "regular Joe" jobs will remain, and at what pay?

4) Why did Canada bulk at building this through their own country?
5) And why do they say they are going to send the oil to China from the refineries of the Gulf Coast of Texas?

6) Is this a knife to our throats.... Go with the pipeline we demand or else no breaks for the "Middle class?"

7) Do we really have 7 Billion dollars to build this right now? Where will we get that money, what source? Taxes?

8) Who will control it and be responsible for maintenance the US or Canada? If we maintain it, how much will that cost?

9) Was there a risk / benefit analysis ran with all the factors (financial and environmental) though out?

We should step back, get control and know more about this before proceeding, we need to define exactly where the money for the Pipeline comes from, goes to, and who holds responsibility and in what fashion. This Pipeline, which will change the face of our nation, should not be a rush job slyly tacked onto an important piece of legislation that we need to get through. Good luck with that rowdy House Sen. Crapo.

Keystone XL, two phases of pipeline are complete!

Construction of phase I (from Hardisty, Alberta to Patoka, Illinois) has been completed. Phase II construction (from Steele City, Nebraska to Cushing, Oklahoma) is also done.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/keystone-xl-project-controversy-2011-11?op=1#ixzz1i3vEcETM

My god you are myopic and savagely lost...

A pipeline probably serves your petroleum provider. Stop spouting dumb crap.

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Not dumb, not crap

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2011/05/27/KeystonePipeline/

Thanks for the article and civility

Tar Sands road to China via the US seems about right. I had done some research on this and it does not look like a good move for the United States; it is very costly with many risks and little advantages. So far it appears to be in the best interest of Canada and China only, and of course the Petroleum industry. From what I have read, it will not be the great cost saver at the pump some Americans think. Most of this oil will not be for US consumption, but rather piped to the Gulf to be refined and shipped out to fuel overseas industrial competitors.

So the Canadians have an opinion.

Civil is used with War and suit. Engineer too. I'm not interested in what Canada thinks, we're the builders here. It's OT to this discussion unless it affects the US portion of the project.

I've told you that there are pipelines all over the nation and in use currently.

Good bad or Laura Dern you haven't studied them. Only sniped at one. This is not a good debate strategy. I haven't offered support nor derision toward it but it only gets to me how people debate one thing and have no idea about any similar project's track record.

It does have merit, what I have said.

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900,000 barrels per day,

which they say is the capacity of the pipeline, equals about 34,000 gallons per minute. The typical fire truck can pump 1,500 gallons per minute. That's a lot of gooey crude oil.

One useful Senator

And Jim Risch is no where to be found. We need to elect someone willing to get his hands dirty and get into the fight.

Why? Is there a real reason?

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Keystone XL still sounds like a beer.

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Websites: Everytime you get it the way you're comfortable with somebody gives a monkey a rock, bottle and a dollar.