House rejects payroll tax deal

By Agri-Pulse staff

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 20- The House voted 229-193 Tuesday to reject the Senate's two-month payroll tax extension and demanded a House-Senate conference to attempt to reach a deal between the chambers on a tax break that is set to expire at the end of this year.

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Without a bipartisan deal, payroll taxes will rise for 160 million American workers in January. The Senate is already on recess for the holidays. 

House Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama after the vote today, urging him to become involved in the negotiations by demanding the Senate appoint negotiators to resolve the impasse. 

House Republicans prefer a one-year extension of the tax cut, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will not re-start negotiations until the House passes a two-month extension of the tax cut that the Senate approved by an 89-10 vote last Saturday.


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