WASHINGTON (AP) — Bruised from the payroll tax cut brawl, congressional Republicans want to change the subject and push legislation they say would create jobs by promoting transportation and energy projects, cutting business taxes and helping companies raise capital.

Democrats hope to use the momentum they say they gained from the payroll fight by forcing Republicans to vote repeatedly this election year on jobs programs financed by tax boosts on the rich.

The parties' legislative strategies underscore the political conclusions each drew from the payroll battle. That fight finally ended Friday when Congress used bipartisan votes to send President Barack Obama a $143 billion package extending the 2 percentage point payroll tax cut, preserving extra jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and preventing slashes in Medicare reimbursements to doctors.

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