Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tempers grow short as hard-line conservatives remain opposed to a two-month extension that easily passed the Senate.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) called the House rejection of the Senate bill "irresponsible and wrong." Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) said the Senate compromise was "best for the country." Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said there was no reason to hold up the short-term extension. "What is playing out in Washington, D.C., this week is about political leverage, not about what's good for the American people," he said.

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