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Payroll Tax Cut Bill Stalled In The Senate

December 14, 2011 by staff 

Payroll Tax Cut Bill Stalled In The SenatePayroll Tax Cut Bill Stalled In The Senate, The Democratic-led Senate is sure to reject a House-passed, Republican bill to extend the payroll tax cut, and Senate leaders say they are eager to get the vote over with.

However, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a quick vote on the House GOP bill Wednesday morning, arguing the Senate has more pressing priorities to deal with first — namely, keeping the government from shutting down.

“The most immediate concern at this point is… the federal funding expiring two days from now,” McConnell said on the Senate floor today. “Let’s deal first with the deadline that happens this Friday, two days from now. Fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year, and then turn immediately to the payroll tax extension that expires later in January.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he wants to vote first on the payroll tax cut bill, which the House passed on Tuseday, to prove that Republicans have to compromise more on the issue. The measure would extend the payroll tax cut for 160 million workers for another year. It would also extend long-term unemployment benefits but with reforms that Democrats have protested, such as eventually shortening the number of weeks for which people can receive the benefits. Democrats also oppose a number of other parts of the bill, including a provision that would force a quick decision on a controversial oil pipeline.

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