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Obama calls on House to pass two-month payroll tax extension

Standing in front of people who wrote the White House about how they’re helped by the payroll-tax cut, President Obama today once again called upon Congress to extend the holiday as well as unemployment insurance. “This is an issue where an overwhelming number of people in both parties agree. How can we not get that done?" 

The president added, "I mean, has this place become so dysfunctional that even when people agree to things, we can't do it."

But Obama avoided placing the blame for the standoff in Congress on any one person.

“Democrats and even some Republicans in the House voted for that compromise. I am ready to sign that compromise into law the second it lands on my desk. So far, the only reason it hasn't landed on my desk ... is because a faction of House Republicans have refused to support this compromise.”