And We Wait…

Moments ago, the House of Representatives simultaneously disapproved of the Senate’s two-month stopgap measure and approved a motion to go to conference.

**Official vote totals will be posted here**

Now, the fun begins!  Nancy Pelosi said House Democrats will not participate in a conference committee.  Harry Reid said the Senate will not return to Washington to appoint negotiators either.  But here is the wrinkle: President Obama may not be fully behind the Pelosi/Reid strategy.

So, while the endgame on the payroll tax remains elusive, expect to hear more messaging like this:

Are you willing to work over the holidays or are you not willing to work over the holidays? – Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) 

The Democrat-led Senate short-changed the American people and hurried home for their holiday. – Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

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