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McConnell speaks out on payroll tax debate

House and Senate Republicans are still differing on what to do about the payroll tax cut that's about to expire.

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says the House and Senate should meet to extend the tax cut. He says the House should pass a short-term extension, as the Senate already has done.

The Kentucky Republican also called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convene negotiators on the longer-term extension that House Republicans are demanding.

House Speaker John Boehner says House Republicans are still insisting on the one-year extension, even though one of his lieutenants has floated a shorter deal. Dave Camp of Michigan is talking about a three-month extension.

Thirty-nine of McConnell's Senate Republicans helped the Senate pass a two-month extension last week. Boehner's Republicans, were outraged and have refused to go along.

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