Boehner Rejects Senate Payroll Tax Plan

Source: Tom Cohen / CNN

Washington – House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he opposed the Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months, while a top economic adviser to President Barack Obama said chances were small that the House would reject the proposal.

Boehner, R-Ohio, told the NBC program “Meet the Press” that Congress should continue negotiations to come up with a compromise by the end of the year that would extend the lower payroll tax rate for a full year, as sought by Obama.

“It’s pretty clear and I and our members oppose the Senate bill,” Boehner said, adding that a two-month extension was “just kicking the can down the road.”

The Senate plan passed Saturday was a fallback position after Democrats and Republicans were unable to reach a comprehensive agreement to extend the cuts and unemployment benefits for a full year.

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