Dem senator predicts Republicans to be ‘lockstep in opposition' on payroll tax extension

Hours before a planned Senate vote to extend the payroll tax extension Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Thursday that he expects uniform opposition from Senate Republicans when the measure comes up for a vote.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, Menedez said, “I think they may stand lockstep in opposition. You know, I heard the Speaker say he was not an economist, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that giving 168 million American workers $1,500 more in their pockets will have a robust effect in this economy.”

Menendez who sponsored the legislation defends paying for the legislation with a 3.2 percent surcharge on incomes over a million dollars as “pretty fair.”

The Senate vote planned for Thursday night is expected to fall short of the 60 votes required for passage.