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Political Chat: Congress Refuses To Play Grinch This Year

OPB | Dec. 23, 2011 3:07 a.m. | Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 4:25 a.m. | Portland, OR

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It was a bruising fight, but both Houses of Congress passed a deal to extend the payroll tax holiday and jobless benefits, for two months anyway.

This is a national story, but there are some important regional Northwest connections.

Oregon Representative Greg Walden was named to the House side of the conference committee to work out a yearlong deal, that will meet after the first of the year.

Jaime Herrera-Buetler, from Washington state, was one of only seven House Republicans to break with their party and vote for a Senate compromise earlier this week.

And, by the way, there’s a new state Senator from Washington County, following a dramatically close vote.

We have Bill and Jeff, one more time this year. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter and blogger for The Oregonian.

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