CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of conferees named. There are eight.
House Speaker John Boehner has named eight conferees to a proposed conference committee with the Senate to resolve differences between the House-passed one-year extension of the 2 percent payroll-tax cut and the Senate’s two-month extension.
The GOP conferees are: Kevin Brady of Texas, Dave Camp of Michigan, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Nan Hayworth of New York, Tom Price of Georgia, Tom Reed of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan and Greg Walden of Oregon.
Camp is chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and Upton leads the Energy and Commerce Committee, both powerful committees in the House. Both were members of the deficit-reduction super committee. Walden is one of Boehner’s closest allies and most-trusted voted counters. Price is a fiery conservative.
Elmers, Hayworth, and Reed are all freshmen.
It is unclear if these Republicans will ever have a chance to meet with senators in conference committee. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has flatly refused to name Democratic conferees to resolve differences between the competing payroll tax cut bills, both of which seek to extend the one-year temporary cut passed in the lame-duck session in 2010.
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