Boehner, as he did on Sunday, pushed for a one-year extension of those provisions. Anything less creates too much uncertainty, he said. And Boehner called on members of the Democratic-controlled Senate to come back from their vacation to negotiate a compromise.
"It's time for us to do our work," Boehner said.
It's very uncertain that the Senate would return, however. As The Associated Press notes, "it would take approval from all 100 senators to let the Senate hold any votes before the chamber's late January return."
"If Congress doesn't act," the wire service adds, "some 160 million Americans would see their take-home checks cut by 2 percentage points beginning Jan. 1, when this year's 4.2 percent payroll tax reverts to 6.2 percent."
If the long-term unemployment insurance benefits aren't extended, NPR's Tamara Keith reported earlier on Morning Edition, an estimated 1.8 million people would lose those benefits in January alone.
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