House GOP leaders want new payroll tax cut bill
POSTED: Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 9:37pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 11:37am
Top House Republicans are rebelling against a bipartisan, Senate-approved bill extending payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months.
House Speaker John Boehner tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that he opposes the Senate-passed legislation and wants congressional bargainers to craft a new, year-long version.
House GOP defiance is casting uncertainty over how quickly Congress would forestall a tax increase for 160 million workers beginning New Year's Day.
A spokeswoman for Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the House would vote Monday to either request formal bargaining with the Senate or to make the legislation, as she puts it ,"responsible and in line with the needs of hard-working taxpayers and middle-class families."
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says the House should pass the two month extension now "to avoid a devastating tax hike from hitting the middle class in just 13 days."
The Senate adjourned Saturday and isn't scheduled to conduct legislative work until late January.
That could potentially complicate quick work on a revised payroll tax bill.