“I’m hopeful there are a majority of Republicans and Democrats today who will proceed, because it seems to me this is best for the country, as well as for all the individuals who are affected,” Lugar said Monday on MSNBC.

House Republicans have vowed to kill the tax-cut legislation that sailed through the Senate Saturday in an 89-10 vote. The Senate adjourned for the year after passing the legislation…

Lugar said Boehner is under “enormous pressure” to reject the deal that Reid negotiated with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He said some House Republicans would prefer to see the extension of the tax cut and unemployment benefits scrapped altogether.