The senate passed a measure for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut after failing to agree on a longer one.
The deal includes a provision to speed up a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. The Obama Administration has 60 days to make a call on the project. The House must now vote on the payroll tax measure, which could happen this week.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R- Texas) reacting after the Senate passed the bill requiring the President to decide within 60 days, whether or not to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline saying "The President says he wakes up every morning thinking about jobs. This morning, the Senate took action where the President has punted. The Keystone XL pipeline will bring thousands of long-term jobs and energy security to the United States. All that stands between this bill and those jobs is President Obama."