Boehner hopes to avoid GOP Senate fate on payroll taxes

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election MORE (R-Ohio) said Friday he hopes to avoid the kind of mass intra-party resistance that Senate GOP leaders saw on Thursday when they brought their proposal to extend the payroll tax cut up for a vote.

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John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election MORE and other House leaders are presenting plans for paying for the payroll tax extension and an extension of unemployment insurance benefits Friday morning, less than a day after a majority of Senate Republicans voted against their leadership’s own payroll tax plan.

The Speaker declined to give details of the House GOP plan at a news conference before the closed-door meeting. Asked if he expected to see similar resistance from House Republicans as the Senate GOP showed, Boehner replied: “I would hope not.”

In the Senate vote, 26 Republicans voted against the GOP plan, while 20 voted for it. A rival Democratic plan, which would pay for the payroll tax cut extension with higher taxes on the wealthy, fell short of the 60-vote threshold, 51-49.

Senate GOP leaders proposed to pay for prolonging the payroll holiday by extending a federal pay freeze, cutting the government workforce and trimming certain federal benefits for the wealthy.

Already, a number of House Republicans have voiced skepticism on extending the payroll tax cut, a key elements of President Obama’s jobs plan.