The U.S. Senate's top Democrat said his colleagues areconsidering a two-month extension of an expiring payroll tax cutand extended unemployment benefits if they are unable to strike adeal on a longer-term plan with Republicans.

“We'll only do that if what we're working on doesn't work out,”Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, toldreporters yesterday. “I always have a Plan B.”

“I hope we don't get there, but if we do, what the two-monthwould accomplish is make sure people continue to get the payrolltax holiday and also the unemployment benefits,” Reid said.

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