The article says that Reid will make everyone work through the holidays in order to get all the extensions passed -- maybe everyone will just get tired and pass the UI extension so they can go home for Christmas :-)
Democrats United on Payroll Tax Cut to Pressure House Leaders
Freshman Representative Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, said he was “wanting to get to yes” on a the tax cut extension. Leaders could secure his vote with language that rewrites the system for unemployment compensation, he said.
“At least with the group of incorrigibles that I hang out with, they’re waiting on the details,” Gowdy said. “They’d actually like to be able to support it. The question is: Are there enough systemic reforms and other things so that we can go back to our districts and say, on balance, this is better than what it could be?”
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said it would be difficult to overhaul unemployment insurance before the end of the year.
Reid said yesterday he will keep the Senate in session through the upcoming holidays if an agreement on the tax cuts isn’t reached. President Barack Obama told Reid and other Democratic leaders at the White House yesterday that he would postpone his holiday vacation to Hawaii if there isn’t a deal, Reid said...