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U.S. House passes payroll tax cut extension

(ABC) -- The nation's capital has all the appearances of seasonal good will, but politics haven't caught up with the pictures.

"If Senator Reid wants to hold up the jobs bill, then he will go on Santa's naughty list," says U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas.

Not exactly nice statements from republicans about democrats----or from democrats about republicans.

"They are playing with the 160 million who need a payroll tax cut and they are throwing on the trash heap of life six million who have lost their jobs and need unemployment insurance," says U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.

If congress can't agree to extend the payroll tax cut, a worker earning $50,000 a year will take home about $1000 fewer next year.

House Speaker John Boehner says the House has a solution.

"The American people are asking where are the jobs, the House is listening, we've passed a large bill that contains many of the priority of our caucus, and the White House, we've worked to find common ground," says Speaker of the House John Boehner.

The bill extends the tax cut, while shortening the weeks people receive unemployment benefits. It also speeds the government approval process of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

The White House says President Obama would veto that bill-- he wants holiday recess put off until there's a deal.

"The President's going to insist that they stay here until they get it done," says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Recess is scheduled to begin late next week, so the holidays could arrive before an agreement.

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