House Majority Leader Eric Cantor left open the possibility he might accept President Barack Obama's proposal to extend the U.S. payroll tax cut set to expire at year's end.

"It is something I supported in the past," and "will be part of the discussions ongoing," the Virginia Republican told reporters in Washington today.

Citing voter frustration with the political rancor in Washington, Cantor struck a conciliatory tone, voicing determination to put aside policy differences with Obama and other Democrats and agree on ways to create jobs and find $1.5 trillion worth of budget savings mandated by legislation that raised the government's borrowing authority.

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