At the top, Obama said Boehner and the House republicans need to put aside politics and brinksmanship and bring the recently-passed Senate bill up for a vote. The bill would extend tax cuts and unemployment benefits for two months until a longer-term bill can be worked out after the holidays. Today, the House republicans voted not to vote on the bill. I'm baffled. What would be the disadvantage for the republicans in passing this bill that they originally agreed to? They seem to only be playing the game of doing the opposite of whatever Obama says.
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