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House GOP leaders want new payroll tax cut bill

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.


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I hope President Obama demands that Congress stay in session, 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, through and including Christmas Eve and Day, to press the teavangelical republicans to do right by the American people...those who are struggling and who will be impacted the most by the elitists who control our fate...boehner et al should be ashamed of themselves for their partisan tripe and their willingness to throw the working man/woman under the bus to save their donor base! OBAMA 11/6/2012!

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