GOP Ties Payroll Cuts to Keystone Pipeline

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Congressional Republicans are working on a new plan to extend payroll tax cuts through next year - and they're tying their proposal to a project that would pipe oil from Canada through the U.S.
    
President Obama has delayed legislative progress on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, citing environmental concerns.
    
However, Republican leaders say they're pushing ahead with it, because the pipeline will boost the economy.

"I believe that we should extend the payroll tax holiday another year, avoid a tax increase on working people for another year," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told "Fox News Sunday."

"But at the same time… we'd like to create some jobs," he added. "And so, we have the Keystone pipeline in there. It's a shovel-ready project. The biggest and most important ready-to-go project in America wouldn't cost the government a penny, not one penny."

The president has said he'd veto legislation that included pipeline construction. A vote on the measure is planned for the House this week.

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