Congress: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?

ABC's Sunlen Miller on the payroll tax cut extension debate.
2:16 | 12/09/11

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-- Capitol Hill lawmakers may not get home for the holidays at least not when they hope to because they're battling over how to keep the payroll tax cut from expiring at the end of the month. And President Obama says no one's leaving until it's done I'd like you know they -- there's -- the work is done ABC's. Someone known joins us now from Capitol Hill with the latest some good morning Robin -- congress is not liking plans to extend the payroll tax cut. -- bills and seven days have been killed. What they are lacking is a plan I can pass. As the countdown clock to -- from the halls of the White House. Then vote is -- not congress not making the motion is not agreed to the motion is not agreed to. The motion is not agreed to Congress's deadline is not negotiable. -- -- tax cuts -- -- on December 31. This means you could be faced with a much lower paycheck each month. And in a class Stanley would pay at least 1000 dollars more in taxes next year. If congress doesn't pass this extension senate Republicans reject the democrats' plan. They cover costs by -- taxing millionaires. Most Republicans. Are very reluctant to raise taxes on anyone. -- -- during this economic. Crisis that we've found ourselves. Senate Democrats reject the republicans' plan -- they say it unfairly benefits while the American. The only real target of this Republican meat -- He's an American middle class. House Republicans have a plan to but their inclusion of the Keystone Pipeline project through a threat from the president any effort to try to -- tired. Keystone to the payroll tax -- I will reject. Three planned to defeated just yesterday and now only twenty days to get a deal. Congress's back is officially up against the holiday -- I do not expect congress to go home. -- the payroll tax cut is extended. That goes for President Obama as well who either postponed or canceled his Hawaiian holiday vacation until a deal is settled in congress. -- -- Nothing more than they should do with -- 200 million Americans you know in the in this cross hairs of what they do in this debate. Yes they are very very their Christmas Day stay there at a time get it done nothing -- was crying over the president's vacation or congress is either -- -- -- silent for that report.

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