Reid Spox Shoots Down Claim He’s Considering Two-Month Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is not considering a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and wants a full year continuation, a spokesman told TPM.

“We’re not talking about 60 days,” the Reid spokesman said. “Plan A is a year, Plan B is a year. Reid has said he wants a yearlong extension countless times.”

Democrats have yet to detail an offsets package, but they’re reportedly developing one. House Republicans want to use the pay-fors they passed in their December payroll bill, a GOP aide tells TPM.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told reporters Monday that Reid was mulling a short-term extension. The two sides have until the end of February to agree on offsets before the tax break expires.


Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.