Washington Tax Fight

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 11:30am

House Repubicans wish to call the Senate back to work on Tax extension.

In Washington this morning, a new twist in the effort to keep your payroll taxes from going up 2% on January first.

House Republicans now say they won't even vote on the Senate's two-month extension. They want lawmakers to come back from vacation and come up with something else.

Tracie Potts is live on Capitol Hill this morning with the latest.

Before leaving town, all but two senate Democrats and 83% of Republicans voted for this temporary extension. But house leaders say it's not good enough.

House leaders announced late last night. The two-month extension that Democrats and Republicans agreed to in the senate - won't even get a vote on their side. "Our members do not want to just punt and do a two month short-term fix where we have to come back and do this again," said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.

"My guess is that they are afraid that their members are not going to stick with them," said House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Republicans are pushing for a conference - a few members on each side to come back to Washington to work out a new plan.

Democrats claim it's a ploy to kill the tax break they say Republicans never wanted in the first place. "We know what you're doing, so we're not gonna play," said Rep. Louise Slaughter, (D) New York.

Republicans say they're willing to work through Christmas, and accuse democrats of putting their vacations ahead of 160 million working Americans. "When the Senate is saying they're not coming back they're saying that they want to raise taxes on the middle class, that's what they're saying," said Rep. Jeff Landry, (R) Louisiana.

Democrats on both sides say they won't participate in the conference. The White House is shaking its head. "We have some Senate Republicans now coming out today saying, please -- to their colleagues -- please -- to the House Republicans -- pass this. This is crazy not to do this," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Your paycheck, still in limbo, with less than two weeks before this tax break runs out.

Tracie Potts, NBC News, Washington.


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