Congress approves two-month payroll tax credit extension

WASHINGTON- The US Congress Friday completed work on a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut for 160 million American workers that otherwise would have expired on Dec. 31, wrapping up a tumultuous year of battles over spending and taxes.
The legislation now goes to President Barack Obama for signing into law. Also, congressional negotiators now will begin looking for a way to extend the lower payroll tax through 2012, as Obama has requested.
So far, Democrats and Republicans have been unable to agree on how to pay the approximately $200 billion cost of a full-year tax cut extension, along with continuing some unemployment benefits and doctor payments for Medicare healthcare patients.