GOP embraces showdown over oil pipeline, tax cuts

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. A crucial vote is scheduled in the House Tuesday on a GOP effort to back an extension of the payroll-tax cut and other measures including an provision to speed approval on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

December 13, 2011 7:45:06 AM PST
Sensing a political opening, congressional Republicans are moving toward a high-stakes showdown with President Barack Obama over a plan to link fast-tracked approval of an oil pipeline to a measure renewing a payroll tax cut.