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House Republicans Poised to Force Payroll Tax Cut Impasse

The U.S. House of Representatives lurched toward a showdown over an expiring payroll tax cut, escalating a legislative fight that may result in smaller paychecks in January for 160 million workers.

The Republican-controlled House is scheduled to vote today to reject a bipartisan Senate plan that would extend the expiring tax cut and other provisions for two months. House leaders said the stopgap measure was unworkable and wouldn’t provide enough certainty for businesses. Democrats said Republicans were bowing to Tea Party resistance.