Senate, House on collision course over payroll tax cut extension

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid on Monday rejected a demand from House Speaker John A. Boehner to reopen negotiations on a bill to extend a payroll tax cut, setting the Democratic-majority Senate on a collision course with the Republican-controlled House as a year-end deadline approaches.

With a deadlock over the measure looming, Reid (D-Nev.) warned that millions of Americans could see their taxes rise by $1,000 next year because of what he called the “intransigence” of GOP House members. Democrats also sought Monday

to ramp up pressure on GOP lawmakers by launching robocalls in 20 districts across the country.

President Obama said he was “very pleased” that the Senate voted to extend the payroll tax cut, averting a tax increase for millions of workers on January 1, 2012. (Dec. 17)

Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday morning that the House is poised to defeat a Senate-passed bill to extend the payroll tax cut for two months because the measure “creates uncertainty” for the U.S. economy. Instead, he said the House would send the bill to a bicameral conference committee.  Washington Post

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