The Madeleine Brand Show for December 21, 2011

No deal on payroll tax as lawmakers leave Washington for the holidays

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A view of the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Washington is uncharacteristically empty today. Most lawmakers are on holiday break. Before they left, members of the House rejected a Senate bill to extend the payroll tax cut for two months. House Speaker Republican John Boehner wants some of his members to meet with senators, and try to work out their differences, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected that idea. All this transpired despite the fact that leaders on both sides of the aisle say they support extending the payroll tax cut. We get more details on this December debacle.


Major Garrett covers Congress for the National Journal.

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