By Alicia M. Cohn - 12/19/11 01:57 PM EST
Schumer expressed his frustration with Boehner, who he said has "been tying himself in a pretzel" over negotiations.
"Speaker Boehner's a decent guy ... but he's got a caucus that is sort of out of control," Schumer said. "He's afraid of the eighty Tea Party, way-out-there people in his caucus. He's letting them run the caucus, run his House."
Schumer said Boehner has two choices: Pass the bill approved in the Senate, or let the payroll tax cut expire at the end of the year and be responsible for the lapse. Schumer said those are the only choices, rejecting the idea of renegotiating the legislation.
"More talks will lead to the same morass we're in now," Schumer said. He also predicted that passing the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut program guaranteed Congress "will be able to get it done for a year."
President Obama has said Congress should not leave Washington for the Christmas break until it passes the payroll tax cut extension.
The Senate has adjourned for the year. The House returns to work on Monday.