Reid: House GOP payroll-tax bill a ‘partisan joke’

The majority leader’s statement came after dueling payroll tax proposals again failed to clear procedural hurdles in the Senate.

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With those votes, the action on extending the payroll tax cut, a priority of President Obama’s and something House GOP leaders also believe needs to be done, shifts into next week.

Democrats had proposed a slimmed-down version of their payroll tax plan this week, but it again only received the support of about half of the chamber. Republicans offered a similar plan to the one they proposed last week, which again was supported by fewer than half of the GOP senators.

House GOP leaders are attempting to entice members skeptical of extending the payroll tax cut with the pipeline and boiler provisions.

Some House Republicans are concerned about the payroll tax cut’s impact on Social Security and believe lawmakers should concentrate on more permanent tax changes.