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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, surrounded by his colleagues, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Tuesday rejected legislation to extend a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for two months, drawing a swift rebuke from President Barack Obama that Republicans were threatening higher taxes on 160 million workers on Jan. 1.

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