This despite President Obama campaigning vigorously for an extension of the tax break in recent days - and congressional Republicans initially arguing any cuts would have to be offset with spending reductions. House leadership signaled earlier this week that they would likely come off that demand, and negotiators hope to have a deal sometime within the next few days.
The White House has been flooding social media channels asking supporters to write in what the extension would mean to to them, while congressional leadership has been battling over messaging on the Hill.
"These crucial policies affect millions of middle-class families and seniors and must not expire at the end of this month,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) speaking to reporters Tuesday.
Republican leaders have accused Democrats of being unwilling to negotiate on reciprocal cuts.
"To date, Democrats have refused virtually every spending cut proposed – insisting instead on job-threatening tax hikes on small business job creators – and with respect to the need for an extension of the payroll tax cut, time is running short," Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' MORE (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a joint statement Monday.
The issue has been a political football since December, when Republicans in the House were unwilling to agree to a temporary extension of the credit. Democrats exploited the party disunity, hammering the GOP for holding up the bill.