Although the House GOP rank and file strongly resisted passing any extension of the payroll tax cut this fall, House Republicans have said they now want a year-long extension of the payroll tax. The Senate’s two-month measure, which passed Saturday on an 89-10 vote, would also extend unemployment benefits and prevent a payment cut for doctors who serve Medicare patients. Reid added, “I have always sought a year-long extension. I have been trying to forge one for weeks, and I am happy to continue negotiating one once we have made sure middle-class families will not wake up to a tax increase on January 1st. So before we re-open negotiations on a year-long extension, the House of Representatives must protect middle-class families by passing the overwhelmingly bipartisan compromise that Republicans negotiated, and was approved by ninety percent of the Senate.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.