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New brinkmanship in fight over payroll tax cut extension
New brinkmanship in fight over payroll tax cut extension

The hard-fought politics of approving President Obama's payroll tax break erupted on full display Tuesday when Democrats stalled a must-pass spending bill needed to keep the government running as negotiations with Republicans have floundered over a compromise proposal that would continue the expiring tax cut for 160 million workers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is unwilling to let the GOP-led House recess for the holidays without approving a continuation of the tax break, which is a priority for the White House and puts an additional $1,000 on average in workers' paychecks. The House on Tuesday is expected to approve Speaker John A. Boehner's proposal to extend...

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