U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured alongside a payroll tax cut extension countdown monitor

 
U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured alongside a payroll tax cut extension countdown monitor
U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured alongside a payroll tax cut extension countdown monitor as he speaks to the press in the briefing room of the White House in Washington December 20, 2011. A stand-off in the Congress over extending payroll tax cuts deepened on Tuesday, raising the risk that 160 million U.S. workers could see a hit to their income next month REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)