"It would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year," Obama said after the Senate passed a two-month extension on the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits.
The House voted Monday to extend the federal debt limit and enact spending cuts. Here, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrives for a meeting with House Democrats and Vice President Joe Biden at the Capitol.
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Smiles at the start: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is at the far left. President Obama is at center left. They and other lawmakers were all smiles before the doors closed Wednesday.