Republican-led House defies Obama on payroll tax

WASHINGTON Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:55pm EST

U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) holds a sign during U.S. President Barack Obama's address before a joint session of Congress inside the chamber of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington September 8, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) holds a sign during U.S. President Barack Obama's address before a joint session of Congress inside the chamber of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington September 8, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led House of Representatives defied a White House veto threat on Tuesday and passed a bill to expedite approval of the Keystone XL Canada-to-Texas pipeline project.

The provision was part of a broader bill to extend a payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans. Democrats oppose Republicans' efforts to link the two issues and the measure is expected to die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

(Reporting By Thomas Ferraro)

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