Congress Hopes To Wrap Up Work On Payroll Tax Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress will convene today in hopes of approving a stopgap measure renewing payroll tax cuts of $1,000 for the average worker, despite serious opposition among some tea party Republicans.

Friday's unusual session will, if all goes according to plan, send President Barack Obama a two-month measure renewing payroll tax relief and unemployment benefits for those mired in

The decision by House GOP Speaker John Boehner of Ohio to cave in to the Senate came after days of criticism from Obama and Democrats. GOP stalwarts like strategist Karl Rove also warned that if the tax cut were allowed to expire Republicans would take a political beating that would harm efforts to unseat Obama next year.