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Boehner must sell payroll-tax cut deal
Yielding on offsets imperils GOP votes
Question of the Day
The payroll-tax funds Social Security. Lawmakers said they will take money from regular funds to replenish the Social Security trust fund, but with the government running a deficit, that means adding to the debt rather than shifting money around.
The deal’s proposals to extend unemployment benefits and doctor payments under Medicare, however, would be offset by spending cuts.
Jobless workers currently have a maximum of 99 weeks of combined state and federal unemployment benefits. Under terms of the pending deal, that would gradually fall to 73 weeks in states with the worst unemployment, though a House GOP aide said most states would be capped at 63 weeks.
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