House Blocks Payroll Tax Break

House Republicans reject two-month extension of expiring tax cut.

The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a two-month extension of an expiring payroll tax cut, escalating a clash with the Senate and President Barack Obama that may result in smaller paychecks for workers in January.

In a 229-193 vote, the House requested formal negotiations on a payroll tax cut extension with the Senate, where Democratic leaders say they won’t discuss a year-long agreement until the short-term deal is completed. All House Democrats joined seven Republicans in voting against the Republican rejection.

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