NEW YORK (
) -- The House rejected on Tuesday a Senate proposal to extend a payroll tax cut for two months, and called on the upper chamber of Congress to consider a year-long plan.
The House voted 229 to 193 to kick the bill, supported by President Barack Obama, back to the Senate, which had supported the measure on Saturday by an 89 to 10 vote.
"Today the House of Representatives will seek to extend payroll tax relief for a full year to help families and job creators," a blog post said on House Speaker John Boehner's Web page. "Senate Democrats on the other hand, proposed a short-term two-month payroll tax cut extension that non-partisan tax experts call 'unworkable.'"
All 186 House Democrats and another seven Republicans
voted to agree with the Senate's bill.
"While this agreement is for two months, it is my expectation -- in fact it would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year," Obama said Saturday after the Senate passed the bill.
A blog post Tuesday on Boehner's Web page said that Senate Democrats had the option to stay on vacation and refuse to negotiate, or return to Washington and work with the House on a bi-partisan agreement.
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.
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