Another payroll tax cut plan is expected to face a vote today on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 12:59pm

We expect to see details today on how Congress plans to keep government running through the end of next year.

Health and education are among the areas still up in the air, along with your payroll tax cut.

The House votes today on a $180-billion plan to keep it going, but that Republican bill includes an effort to speed approval of a controversial oil pipeline.

Last week President Obama said he'd reject any attempt to tie the pipeline to tax cuts.

"I don't expect to have to veto it because expect they're going to have enough sense over on Capitol Hill to do the people's business," Mr. Obama said.

The Senate, where Democrats are in charge, will likely reject the bill, threatening the chance lawmakers can extend this tax break before the holidays.

"Every hour they delay and every day they filibuster is one more the Senate by necessity will have to stay in Washington to get its work done," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Republicans point out 47 Democrats now under pressure to reject the pipeline-tax cut bill supported the pipeline last summer.

The Republican bill would also cut back unemployment benefits from 99 to 59 weeks, and it would give Medicare doctors a two percent raise instead of a 27 percent pay cut beginning next year.
 

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