First House Republican defects, says he will vote for two-month extension

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The Senate extension passed Saturday by an 89-10 vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said earlier Monday that the Senate would not come back into session to take up a year-long extension of the benefits before the holidays.

The White House urged House Republicans to join on the package earlier Monday.

"All it would take would be for 25 or 30 Republicans to do what their constituents overwhelmingly want them to do, which is grant this extension of a payroll tax cut, to follow the overwhelming bipartisan majority that was established in the Senate in support of this measure, and allow this bill to reach the president's desk and to have him sign it into law," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Republicans in the Senate have also been asking House Republicans to agree to the deal, with Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) calling the GOP leadership "irresponsible and wrong" in moving to block the deal. The House is set to vote around 7 p.m. Monday night.

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