President Obama stepped up the pressure on Congress over the weekend to extend the payroll tax cuts.
He implored voters to call their representatives and urge them to keep the cuts in place.
"Let your members of Congress know where you stand," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.
"Tell them not to vote to raise taxes on working Americans during the holidays," he added. "Tell them to put country before party. Put money back in the pockets of working Americans. Pass these tax cuts."
The president's plea came after the Senate failed to agree on a plan on how to pay for the cuts.
Democrats want to increase taxes on wealthy people, but Republicans insist the extension be paid for with spending cuts.
"Millions of Americans have had to go without or live with less over the past few years, yet all we see here is that Washington keeps getting bigger and bigger and richer," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.
The White House warns if an extension is not passed middle class families will see their taxes rise by $1,000 next year.
Meanwhile, the House is getting a chance to come up with a compromise.
Aides from both parties say Congress will not adjourn for the holiday recess until a deal is reached.