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Senate OKs payroll tax cut, huge spending bill

Published 12/18/2011, Worthington Daily Globe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Saturday to temporarily avert a Jan. 1 payroll tax increase and benefit cutoff for the long-time unemployed, forcing a reluctant President Barack Obama to make an election-year choice between unions and environmentalists over whether to build an oil pipeline through the heart of the country.

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