|By Karoun Demirjian, Las Vegas Sun|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
In the House however,
"The fact that the
But Democratic Rep.
The payroll tax cut extension, which also incorporates an extension of unemployment benefits and a fix to the reimbursement rates paid to doctors who see
The House is now rejecting that as too-short a solution. And the House will likely vote down the two-month payroll tax package tonight.
Democratic and Republican senators are warning against seeking the perfect solution right now.
"There is no question we need to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance for the entire year...However, there is no reason to hold up the short-term extension while a more comprehensive deal is being worked out," Heller said today. "What is playing out in
"I have always sought a year-long extension. I have been trying to forge one for weeks, and I am happy to continue negotiating one once we have made sure middle-class families will not wake up to a tax increase on
Senators spent the last few weeks hashing through longer-term payroll tax bills, with Reid and Heller at the center of that fight. The disagreements mostly came down to how best to pay for the legislative changes; unable to fully resolve those differences, the two sides settled on and passed a two-month extension.
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