It was clear from the beginning that Democrats would not offer an acceptable payroll tax cut extension bill that House Republicans could accept, Michele BachmannMichele BachmannFalwell faces flak for posing with Trump in front of Playboy The Trail 2016: On faith and the economy Michele Bachmann to advise Trump on evangelical issues MORE said Wednesday.
"Harry ReidHarry ReidSay NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns MORE essentially threw a grenade over to the House and left and said, 'Take it or leave it,' so it was very difficult for John BoehnerJohn BoehnerCameras go dark during House Democrats' sit-in Rubio flies with Obama on Air Force One to Orlando Juan Williams: The capitulation of Paul Ryan MORE because this was just a two-month temporary gimmick and this leaves the entire United States business world in an uproar, because who can make any plans based on a two-month bill?" Bachmann said on the "Today" show.
The Senate compromise was forged in negotiations between Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell: Trump needs to act like a 'serious candidate' Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back The Trail 2016: Berning embers MORE (R-Ky.) after both sides deadlocked over how to pay for a full-year tax holiday.
Bachmann said the two-month extension the Senate passed, 89-10, was just a political stunt, which is why she didn't leave the campaign trail to vote on the bill when it reached the House.
"It was obvious that nothing was going to happen," Bachmann continued. "President Obama wasn't going to engage in the process. Harry Reid made a decision to throw over a two-month bill," Bachmann said. "I was fully prepared to go back if there was something that we could vote on, but it was very clear from the beginning that this was about politics."
Both Democrats and some Senate Republicans have criticized the House GOP for failing to approve the Senate bill. 160 million Americans could be hit with a tax hike if lawmakers are unable to reach a deal. Sen. Reid, however, has said he will not reconvene the Senate and along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has suggested he would not appoint conferees to the committee.