House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been trashing the $1000 bonuses companies are giving to employees because of tax reform, but her comments don’t square with what she said about an Obama-era payroll tax cut.
In Obama’s second term, the White House boasted that they had extended a payroll tax cut that would give Americans $40 extra dollars per paycheck — about $2000 a year.
Pelosi tweeted about how helpful the $40 would be for families, writing, “each paycheck will make a difference.”
Today’s agreement is a victory for the American people-they spoke out clearly & #40dollars each paycheck will make a difference.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 23, 2011
Yet after businesses began giving employees $1000 and $2000 bonuses, plus additional benefits, Pelosi repeatedly called the money “crumbs.” (RELATED: Pelosi: $1,000 Is ‘Crumbs’ For The Middle Class)
Despite backlash over her insistence that the bonuses weren’t significant for middle class families, Pelosi doubled down on her comments, stating, “They give banquets to… the high end, to corporate America, and I say ‘crumbs.'”