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QUICK TAKE: Cracks Are Forming in The House GOP on Payroll Tax Cut

photo of Ben Terris
December 22, 2011

The freshman class has been largely united in an effort to block the Senate-passed payroll-tax extension, but one new member is calling upon leadership to agree to the compromise.

"I've said all along I'd be willing to support a two-month payroll-tax cut extension if that was our only option," said Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., in a statement. "The Senate's refusal to work with the House to hammer out the differences in our bills before Christmas has left us with few other options."

Duffy said he believed the country would be better off with a year-long deal, but that he was willing to compromise to make sure something gets done.

 

"That's why today I'm calling on GOP leadership to immediately bring up the Senate's two-month extension for an up or down vote," he said.

Another freshman, Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., just sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner calling for a vote. On Dec. 20, Crawford had called the Senate deal "irresponsible."

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