With nine days remaining until New Year's, the standoff over whether to extend the payroll tax cut rages on.
House Republicans have refused to sign off on the Senate's temporary fix to extend payroll tax cuts for two months, holding out for a year-long extension.
"A one-year deal would provide certainty for employees as they begin to plan for next year," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.
Boehner hopes to meet with Senate Democrats to negotiate a deal. The problem is the Senate already left for Christmas vacation. He's calling for them to come back to Washington.
"Everyone already agreed that the best policies are a one-year extension of these policies," Boehner said. "All we are fighting for is when everyone already agreed to. Let's sit down and work out the differences."
If the House doesn't act before New Year's Day, taxes for the average American family will go up $40 every paycheck.
President Obama is using the bully pulpit to push Congress to extend those expiring payroll tax cuts.
Surrounded by families who need that extra money, the president called on the House to stop playing political games.
"This is it. This is exactly why people get so frustrated with Washington," Obama said. "This isn't the typical Democrat verses Republican issue. This is an issue where an overwhelming number of people in both parties agree."
The White House has invited American's to share their thoughts about the matter on its website.
"Forty dollars less a paycheck means I will have to pick between my insulin and the water bill," one New Mexico resident wrote.
A single mother of two in Gaithersburg, Md., added, "$40 means lunch money for my children at school. It means a tank of gas, and it means covering my weekly visit co-pays to the doctor."
Meanwhile, pressure on House Republicans is building, even among its own ranks.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., broke his silence Thursday, urging the House to pass the two-month extension.
But House leadership appears to be standing their ground.
"To kick the can down the road just because, 'Oh my gosh, it's close to Christmas' is not the right thing to do for the American people," Boehner said.