Associated Press: Murkowski welcomes House move on payroll tax cut

JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's pleased that the House has reached agreement with the Senate on a payroll tax cut.

The Alaska Republican says House passage of the bill would provide some "breathing room" for Congress to find a full-year solution. She has called the Senate's plan a reasonable compromise and said it's important that Congress find a way to break the impasse over the measure.

The House earlier this week rejected the Senate's two-month extension of the tax cut, and majority Republicans called on the Senate to negotiate on a longer-term plan. The Senate majority leader ruled out talks until the House passed the shorter-term plan.

House Speaker John Boehner said he expects to pass a new bill by Christmas.
Source: Originally published on December 22, 2011