Deep divisions surfaced among House Republicans over whether and how to extend a payroll-tax break and unemployment benefits through next year.
Though senior House Republicans back a one-year extension of a Social Security tax break and unemployment insurance, conservative rank-and-file lawmakers pushed back in a fractious closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement on Friday morning.
Some Republicans are worried that temporary fixes won’t restore the country’s fiscal and economic stability.
“We’re dealt a bad hand here,” said Rep. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), who said a one-year extension of the programs would only leave the government in the same situation next year. “Until we have the courage to address entitlement reform, we shouldn’t be doing this.”