House GOP reverses on payroll tax cut


House Republicans have leapt at every chance to accuse President Barack Obama of piling up record debt and weakening shaky entitlement programs.

But in a span of a few hours Monday afternoon, GOP leaders effectively stomped all over that message.

At the same time Republicans were railing at Obama for proposing a budget with a $1.3 trillion deficit, House GOP leaders proposed something many in their party thought impossible: adding $100 billion to the deficit by passing a 10-month extension of a Social Security payroll tax cut without paying for it.

The announcement shocked rank-and-file members, who were back in their House districts. Senate Republicans were likewise caught off guard — even one GOP leader who was trying to negotiate a compromise had no idea it was coming.

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