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 BachmannMichele Bachmann trolls Clinton on NYC subway Michele Bachmann breaks out dance moves Desperate establishment turns to Cruz MORE said Wednesday.
"Harry ReidHarry ReidFreedom Partners Action Fund launches ad buys in Wisconsin, Nevada Trump: 'I'd have to think about' Cruz for Supreme Court Reid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell 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 BoehnerCruz confronts Trump supporter Graham: 'Lucifer may be the only person Trump can beat in a general election' Obama mocks GOP, media and himself in final WHCA dinner address 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 McConnellReid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell Iran and heavy water: Five things to know Overnight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks 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.