By Alicia M. Cohn - 12/21/11 06:38 PM EST
Price, the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, added his voice to that of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who on Wednesday appointed Republican negotiators from the House to the committee in order to negotiate the legislation, and urged Democratic leaders to do the same.
"We can't talk to the wall. Look, legislative business is not solitaire. It requires two parties," Price said.
Price rejected criticism from Senate Republicans, such as John McCain (Ariz.), who said the protracted battle over the payroll tax cut — which threatens to overlap with the Christmas break — is "harming the Republican Party."
The payroll tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year, but Price said, "We think there's more than enough time" to get this sorted out and pass a yearlong expansion rather than the two-month version passed by the Senate last weekend.