House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans will defeat a short-term bill that would have prevented a tax hike on some 160 million Americans and called on Democrats to stay in Washington through the holiday if necessary to "finish the people's business."

Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday that the Senate bill extending the payroll tax cut for only two months "creates uncertainty" in the economy. He said Republicans would hold out for a bill that would extend the cuts for a year.

Boehner said: "It's time for us to do our work."

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