Obama to Congress: Don't leave town until payroll tax cut is passed

The GOP leaders outlined the tentative plan to rank-and-file members during a closed-door conference meeting Friday morning, where they pressed their divided conference to support extending two of Obama’s top jobs proposals.

“We’re going to keep pushing Congress to make this happen,” Obama said. “They shouldn’t go home for the holidays until they get this done.”

The president called out congressional Republicans for stalling legislation aimed at helping create jobs and spur the economy.

“Unfortunately, too many Republicans in Congress don’t seem to share that same sense of urgency,” he said. “Over the last few months, they’ve said ‘no’ to most of these jobs bills. ‘No’ to putting teachers and firefighters back to work. ‘No’ to putting construction workers back on the job. And this week, they actually said ‘no’ to cutting taxes for middle-class families.”