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No Agreement Yet on Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Christine Detz |
December 19, 2011 | 9:34 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

Photo courtesy Creative Commons
Photo courtesy Creative Commons
Legislation that would extend the payroll tax cuts for two months is expected to be voted down by the House on Monday.  The tax cuts will expire on Dec. 31 if Congress cannot come to an agreement on an extension.

House GOP members say they understand the importance of the tax cuts but they are looking for a more long-term solution.

“Americans are tired of short-term fixes. Democrats and Republicans agreed that a payroll tax cut needs to be extended for a full year. The House passed a bill to do just that,” House Speaker John Boehner said.

Boehner was referring to the bill passed by the House last week.  The Senate voted down the Republican-backed House bill because it contained a provision that would move the controversial XL Keystone pipeline project forward

The House is expected to vote on the Senate bill on Monday and it is believed the Senate bill will be defeated.  The next step, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, would involve House and Senate committees meeting to agree on final legislation. 

Complicating matters is the fact that the Senate began its holiday recess after voting in favor of extending the tax cuts for two months on Saturday.


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