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Congress sends payroll tax cut bill to Obama

Congress has passed legislation renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barack Obama’s jobs agenda in a rare burst of Washington bipartisanship. The Senate approved the $143 billion measure by a bipartisan 60-36 vote. That tally came minutes after the House… Continue Reading Congress sends payroll tax cut bill to Obama

Congressional leaders of both parties praised an emerging deal Wednesday to extend a payroll tax cut and extra jobless benefits through 2012, but cautioned that bargainers still had to nail down final details. The rare, bipartisan consensus reflected a desire by both parties to put the long-running drama over the issue to rest and a… Continue Reading House leaders praise emerging payroll tax cut deal

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House Republicans say a fresh push for a 1,700-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline could be part of a new round of negotiations over extending the payroll tax cut and benefits for the long-term unemployed. House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton tells reporters the House leadership is looking at every option after President Barack Obama decided… Continue Reading House GOP to push for pipeline despite Obama move

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Speaker: Pipeline stays in payroll tax cut bill

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House Republicans will stick to their insistence that a bill extending a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits include language speeding work on a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, Speaker John Boehner said Friday. Boehner’s remarks added a contentious backdrop to negotiations over the payroll tax cut measure. President Barack Obama and many congressional Democrats are opposed… Continue Reading Speaker: Pipeline stays in payroll tax cut bill

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Poll: Most want US payroll tax cut extended

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Most Americans want Congress to vote to continue the payroll tax reduction, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that comes as Democrats and Republicans wrestle over whether to extend the cut through 2012. It’s the latest instance in which lawmakers on Capitol Hill have allowed partisan sniping to hold up action that polls show… Continue Reading Poll: Most want US payroll tax cut extended

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House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he’s confident that congressional Republicans are ready to move ahead with legislation that would continue a payroll tax cut. “I feel confident in our ability to move ahead,” the Ohio Republican told reporters after GOP leaders previewed legislation to extend the Social Security payroll tax cuts — and long-term… Continue Reading GOP leaders hope for agreement on payroll tax cut

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