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Friday, December 9, 2016

Senate Republicans up for re-election next fall lashed out at their counterparts in the House on Monday after Speaker John Boehner indicated he didn’t have the votes to approve a two-month extension of payroll tax cuts enacted at the beginning of this year.

The $33 billion legislation, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support on an 89-10 Senate vote on Saturday, would prevent taxes from rising on 160 million Americans on January 1, and also includes money for unemployment compensation and a “doc fix,” the legislation passed annually to raise reimbursement rates for doctors participating in Medicare. On Sunday, Boehner made clear that his caucus — which dragged the U.S. to the brink of default this past summer during the debt-ceiling crisis — did not approve.

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