The House of Representatives Passes Tax Cut Extension with a Poison Pill: The Keystone XL Pipeline Provision

The House of Representatives, led by a majority of Republicans, voted 234-192 today to extend the payroll tax cut and speed the process for government approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

However, approval by the Senate appeared unlikely given strong opposition from the Democratic majority.

President Obama has said he would veto the measure, which attaches pipeline approval to the payroll tax cut, setting up further brinkmanship before Congress’ holiday recess begins at the end of the week.

Congress had been debating the payroll tax cut extension and a spending bill that must pass in order to keep the government funded after Friday and avoid a shutdown. [QUOTE: CNN]

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