By Daniel Strauss - 12/19/11 11:14 PM EST
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suggested Monday evening that Republicans in his chamber had no plans to budge on killing the Senate's payroll tax cut extension bill.
During a pair of interviews on CNN and Fox News, Cantor said that House Republicans were committed to passing a one-year extension of the tax rather than a two-month extension approved by the Senate.
"We don't need to be governing in two month increments," Cantor said on CNN. "We don't need any more uncertainty."
Cantor's comments came a little before the House is expected to vote on the Senate bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has predicted the House will reject it, despite calls from some Senate Republicans for the House to approve it.
Instead, Republicans on a conference call on Saturday said they would oppose the bill, and on Sunday Boehner said the legislation was unacceptable.
House leaders are pressing for a conference committee to be formed to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House bills. The House approved a one-year extension of the tax cut earlier this month.
Cantor echoed that sentiment in his CNN interview on Monday. He said the Senate would have to return to Washington to renegotiate the bill.
"I don't think anybody really thinks it is a good way to implement policy on a two month basis," Cantor continued. "And again that's what we're saying, it's time for the Senate to come back to town and do what it is the president said we should be doing which is provide that yearlong guarantee that taxes are not going to go up on working people."
Asked why Senate Republicans voted on the Senate version of the bill, Cantor said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) controls the chamber and Republicans really don't have much say in what comes up for a vote.
"The Senate Republicans were only given one option to vote on and that was Harry Reid's choice to bring that up," Cantor said on Fox News.
Cantor predicted lock step opposition by House Republicans to the Senate bill.
"I think what you're going to see on this payroll tax holiday extension is you're going to see Republicans united to do the right thing and asking the president and the Senate to stay in town so we can work this out and so that no working person in America can face a tax increase for the rest of the next year," Cantor said in the interview on Fox.
Still, at least one Republican, Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.), announced on Monday that he supported the two-month extension.