House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, accompanied by fellow GOP leaders, talks on Feb. 15, 2012, about an accord on the payroll tax cut negotiations during a news conference on Capitol Hill. From left are Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Mr. Boehner, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, accompanied by fellow GOP leaders, talks on Feb. 15, 2012, about an accord on the payroll tax cut negotiations during a news conference on Capitol Hill. From left are Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Mr. Boehner, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. (Associated Press)