With the U.S. Senate gone for the holidays, members of the House remain in Washington, with a vote scheduled today to send the extension of the payroll tax cut to a House and Senate conference committee to renegotiate a deal. The Senate's bill would have extended the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits by two months and given the president 60 days to decide on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline's future. Senators overwhelmingly passed the bill last weekend and headed for the exits. One of the House Republicans who voted for a year-long extension of the payroll tax cut last week, when it was on the House floor, was Minnesota Republican congressman John Kline.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the issues around extending the payroll tax break.