President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats have scaled back plans for an extension of the payroll tax cut in a bid to increase Republican support. However, GOP lawmakers are unlikely to favor it, as it still involves a tax increase on the wealthy.
Previous Republican proposals sought to pay for the tax cut with an extended pay freeze for federal employees and a 10 percent cut, through attrition, to the federal workforce. That provision was voted down in the Senate last week.
Sanchez said a Senate vote on the latest plan is likely this week, but Republicans remain skeptical of the Democrats’ motives.
And, he said, even though the proposal to freeze federal pay didn’t advance the last time, it could still wind up on the table as part of a final compromise.