The Republican controlled U.S. House passed legislation Tuesday to extend a payroll tax cut that expires at the end of the year. The extension is tied to a provision that restarts work on a much-disputed U.S.-Canada oil pipeline project.
In an interview Wednesday with Greenwood affiliate WLMA, 4th District Congressman Trey Gowdy said he and his fellow three freshman South Carolina congressmen were probably the last four to vote on the measure.
President Obama has indicated that he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline provision, hoping to delay a decision on the Canada to Texas pipeline project until after the 2012 elections. Approval of the project has been delayed to allow for more review of its environmental impact.
Gowdy says indications are the Democratic-controlled Senate will make some changes to the measure that he says will probably not be accepted by most House Republicans.
There is speculation House Republicans could break for the holidays Friday to force a Senate vote on their bill. President Obama has called on Congress not to go home until legislators extend the payroll tax cut. The cut is estimated to have saved a typical middle class family about $1,000 last year.
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Anne Eller of Greenwood affiliate WLMA contributed to the story