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President Barack Obama speaks to continue to push Congress to act to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits through year's end. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are gauging lawmakers’ reactions to a tentative deal extending a 2 percentage-point payroll tax cut and extra jobless benefits through 2012, a pact bargainers reached after House Republicans conceded that the tax cut would not have to be paid for with spending cuts.

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