House Won't Pass 2-Month Payroll Tax Cut: Boehner

Will instead call for quick talks on one-year extension
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 19, 2011 11:47 AM CST
Updated Dec 19, 2011 8:00 PM CST
Boehner answers reporters' questions during a brief news conference on the payroll tax vote outside his office at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The House will reject a Senate-approved plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months, John Boehner said at a news conference today. The House's plan: to call for immediate negotiations on a yearlong extension that could create "certainty for people who are trying to create jobs," the speaker said, adding that he doesn't "believe the differences between the House and Senate are that great." The Washington Post reports that the House plans to reject the deal tomorrow.

A White House rep said Boehner had been cowed by the Tea Party. But Boehner said he had "raised concerns about the two-month process from the moment I heard about it." Now, he's urging senators to "put their vacations on hold" to go back to the negotiating table. Obama has said repeatedly Congress should not quit for the year until the tax cut has been extended, the AP notes. (Read more John Boehner stories.)

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