House Speaker John Boehner, surrounded by Republican House members, speaks during a news conference in Washington in December. The House initially rejected a plan to extend a tax cut for two months to buy time for talks on a full-year renewal. It later compromised — a rare event in 2011. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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This Year In Congress: Much Drama, Little To Show

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Randy Howland works in his small office in March, shortly after he began a work-from-home job with a call center earning $10 an hour. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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When The Road Back To Work Detours

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GOP Walks Away From Payroll Tax Debacle Bruised

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What's Behind House GOP's Payroll Tax Reversal?

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House Leaders Do An About-Face On Tax Extension

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President Obama speaks in the White House's Brady Briefing Room on Tuesday. Behind the president, a ticking clock counts down the time until taxes will go up if Congress can't reach an extension deal on payroll tax cuts. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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In A Year Of Partisan Brawls, Congress Goes One More Round

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House Republicans Prolong Payroll Tax Cut Standoff

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Fight Over Extending Payroll Tax Cut Flares Up Again

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No Government Shutdown Thanks To Last-Minute Deal

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Negotiators Reach Deal To Keep Government Open

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Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest to demand a stop to the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline outside the White House last November. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Just How Many Jobs Would The Keystone Pipeline Create?

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Analysis: Rich To Benefit Most In Gingrich Tax Plan

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House Speaker John Boehner speaks to reporters at the Capitol on Monday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Congress At Impasse Over Must-Pass Measures

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Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota says the "millionaires surtax" would hurt small-business owners' ability to hire new workers. J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press hide caption

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GOP Objects To 'Millionaires Surtax'; Millionaires We Found? Not So Much

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President Barack Obama talks about extending payroll tax cuts on Monday in the White House briefing room. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Can Congress Really Compromise On Extending The Payroll Tax Cut?

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