Cantor predicts House will vote for conference, calls for work over next two weeks

Truth is, were not far apart on this issue, he added. The negotiators got extremely close. We owe some civility and good tax policy to the hardworking people of this country, not more gimmicks and political games.

Cantor mirrored comments by other House Republicans by saying the Senate bill, which extends the payroll-tax holiday and unemployment insurance by two months, is irresponsible and difficult to implement.

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According to experts, the two-month plan is simply unworkable, he said. Families, employers and workers cant live their lives month to month. Washington needs to stop adding confusion and more uncertainty to peoples lives. Bottom line, a two-month patch is irresponsible.

Cantor also called out Senate Democrats for wanting to leave for the Christmas break early.

What do families see coming out of Washington? Dysfunction, and half of Congress unwilling to do its job, he said.

Cantors remarks came midway through the first phase of House debate on the actual motion to seek a conference with the Senate. The two parties remained bitterly divided over the GOP motion. Democrats continued to accuse Republicans of rejecting a deal House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) initially accepted.

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) brought a Christmas stocking and a lump of coal to the floor as props, and said the House is running the risk of putting coal in the stocking of millions of Americans by failing to approve the short-term extension of the payroll-tax cut.