By Russell Berman - 12/02/11 02:51 PM EST
House Speaker John Boehner (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.
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.