Congress negotiators complete payroll tax cut deal: aide

WASHINGTON Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:11pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bipartisan negotiators in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday reached a deal to extend a payroll tax cut and long-term jobless benefits, a Republican congressional aide said.

The action should clear the way for anticipated votes on the agreement in the House of Representatives and Senate, likely by Friday, before lawmakers leave for a week long break.

(Reporting By Donna Smith; Editing by Sandra Maler)