Senate Passes Payroll Tax Bill Over Broad GOP Opposition

Quick on the heels of the House, the Senate has passed legislation to extend a two percent payroll tax cut through the end of the year.

The final vote was 60-36 with 30 Rs and 6 Ds bucking their leaders to oppose the package. It now goes off to a jubilant White House for President Obama’s signature.

The legislation, which also extends emergency unemployment benefits and Medicare reimbursement rates until January 1, 2013.