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House conservatives end year as they spent it, revolting over a bipartisan bill on taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) ' When senators reached a deal over the weekend to keep American workers' taxes from rising on Jan. 1, they thought a year of sniping and ugliness was finished at last.
Not so fast, say House Republicans. They say the Senate deal for a two-month extension of payroll tax cuts is 10 months too few. They are prepared to let everyone's Social Security taxes rise an average $20 a week for a while if that's what it takes to extend the cut for a year. And they are intent on dragging the vacationing Senate back to Washington to do it their way.
Rep. Tom Reed, a New York Republican, says he doesn't "care about the political implications."
Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown called the House strategy "irresponsible and wrong."