House Expected to Reject Senate-Passed Payroll Tax Cut Extension

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House Republicans were expected in a vote late yesterday to reject a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut passed by the Senate over the weekend. “What you will see is the House will reject the Senate position as untenable,” says House Majority Leader Cantor. Republican leadership aides say it is possible, but unlikely, that the Senate version of the bill (H.R. 3630) will pass, citing a sense among their members that temporary policy extensions are a bad way to conduct government business. The House was to first vote on the Senate version of the bill that passed Friday; if it fails, the House plans to vote on sending the bill to a conference committee.