The Senate has passed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, but House Republican leaders and some Democrats balked at the short-term extension.
The Senate voted 89-10 on Saturday to approve the two-month extension after Democrats and Republicans were unable to agree on a way to pay for a full year’s extension (see Congress Gets Closer to a Deal on Payroll Tax Cut). Seven Republicans, two Democrats and one independent voted against the extension.
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