Payroll tax fight divides Ohio Republicans

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Payroll tax fight divides Ohio Republicans

WKSU – The standoff over a payroll tax cut extension has divided Ohio Republicans.

Sen. Rob Portman voted for a Senate plan Saturday that extended the tax cuts and unemployment benefits for two months.

He says he still wants a one-year deal, but thinks a short-term plan may be the most viable option to keep taxes from going up January first.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown agrees. He says the House vote caught him off-guard.

Sen. Brown explains why he thought the payroll tax was a done deal.

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“This was a bipartisan agreement in the Senate. We thought we had the support of the speaker of the house, and the speaker of the house could in turn help to convince his members as speakers usually do. It makes no sense that the House Republicans are playing politics with something that passed overwhelmingly with enthusiastic bipartisan support in the Senate.”

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