Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has written a letter to Boehner saying he is willing to negotiate on a yearlong extension of the tax cut and unemployment coverage. But Reid says first, the House should approve the Senate-passed two-month extension.
The letter is the latest salvo between the two chambers. Without congressional action, the payroll tax paid by 160 million workers and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed will end on Jan. 1.
House Republicans have demanded that House and Senate bargainers meet to work toward a compromise. Most lawmakers have left town for the holidays.