House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner (right) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left), said Monday they would vote to extend the payroll tax cut. Zhang Jun/Xinhua /Landov hide caption toggle caption Zhang Jun/Xinhua /Landov It's All Politics Can Congress Ever Restore Payroll Taxes To Their Usual Levels? February 14, 2012 What was once considered a normal rate will now be considered a tax hike. Reverting to the status quo is now politically dicey. That could affect Social Security's financing over the long haul.