A couple of the unreasonably harsh provisions that did not make it past the Democrats:
And in a win for the Hispanic community, Republicans would drop a proposal to require that low-income workers who claim a refundable child tax credit be required to have a Social Security number. The proposal was aimed at blocking illegal immigrants from claiming the credit, but the idea created a firestorm among Hispanics who pointed out that many of the children affected by the cutoff are U.S. citizens.
Republicans also were expected to drop a proposal requiring unemployed people to enroll in GED classes to obtain benefits, and a GOP proposal allowing states to employ drug tests as a condition of receiving unemployment benefits would be scrapped as well. But Republicans won a provision requiring jobless people to be more diligent in job searches as a condition of receiving benefits.
It is no wonder that Republicans have the reputation of being against Hispanics and the Poor. They need to be more sensitive. [For those who might not get the sensitivity and “unreasonably harsh” reference, I am being facetious here.] Given the popularity that both of these provisions have among taxpaying citizens, it is a shame that it will not be highlighted that the D’s scuttled them.
If the R’s had made these provisions a deal killer, they would have been pilloried for not wanting to extend the “payroll tax cut.” It would not have been a net win even among the supporters of these provisions. Never mind that this accelerates the bankruptcy of the Social Security system.