Obama aide: Republicans playing politics on taxes

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Posted: Dec 19, 2011 5:49 AM
Obama aide: Republicans playing politics on taxes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House accused House of Representatives Republicans on Sunday of playing politics with the fate of the payroll tax cut and warned that Americans could face a "devastating" tax hike if Republicans do not act.

"If House Republicans refuse to pass this bipartisan bill to extend the payroll tax cut, there will be a significant tax increase on 160 million hardworking Americans in 13 days that would damage the economy and job growth," said Dan Pfeiffer, a senior aide to President Barack Obama.

(Reporting By Caren Bohan)