By Russell Berman - 12/20/11 08:34 PM EST
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) implored President Obama to bring Senate Democrats back to the table after the House rejected a two-month extension of the payroll-tax cut and unemployment benefits passed by the Senate.
Boehner named Republican negotiators to a conference committee approved Tuesday by the House and urged Democratic leaders to do the same in the hopes of renegotiating a compromise 11 days before a tax increase hits 160 million Americans.
“Our negotiators are here, ready and able to work. Members of the leadership will be here, ready and able to work. We’ll be available to do what needs to be done,” Boehner said at a news conference.