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Rep. Duffy optimistic about payroll tax extension

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Congress still has not reached a deal to extend the payroll tax cut. And in just 10 days, you could be paying more in taxes. Most lawmakers have already left the Capitol but Representative Sean Duffy said he still expects a decision to be made before time runs out.

Representative Duffy said both republicans and democrats see the need for extending the payroll tax. They just need to figure out a way to get everyone behind the same bill.

"These things are so urgent to get this unemployment bill passed," said Dee Jeffries. "It's gotta get done. Otherwise people are going to be left out in the cold."

On Tuesday, the House -- including Republican Representative Duffy -- voted to send the payroll tax issue to a committee of negotiators. That effectively rejected the Senate's plan to extend the tax cut by two months. But Duffy said his vote was not against the Senate plan. He insists, he'll support any extension.

"Whether it's a deal on a year or whether it's a deal on 60 days, I feel pretty comfortable that we're going to reach a deal that middle class Americans don't have a tax increase," said Duffy.

On Tuesday, Duffy told Newsline 9's Bryon Graff he would stay until the job was done. But that same night, he headed right back to Wisconsin.

"I'm doing the work here in Wisconsin instead of D.C. because everyone has bailed and gone home," said Duffy.

Duffy blasted senators for leaving the capitol before a deal had been reached. But we pointed out -- he's gone, too. Duffy said he's still working -- even if it's in Wisconsin. But some people said that's not enough.

"We need him to take action," said Jeffries. "We need him to go back to D.C. and we need him to get this job done."

Duffy said he expects lawmakers will return to Washington sometime next week. He said he's optimistic a deal will be reached by the January first deadline.

Duffy said it makes sense to figure out the payroll tax now, while there's nothing else on the calendar, instead of waiting until February -- when there are other issues on the table.

The payroll tax saves the average family a thousand dollars a year. It affects roughly 160 million Americans. The White House says President Obama called House and Senate leaders to talk about getting the deal passed.

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