After months of squabbling, congress has reached a tentative deal on an extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits that would last until the end of the year. Initially the GOP said they would not approve an extension unless it was financed by other spending cuts, but have since rescinded that position. So what's changed?
Republican leaders now say they support an extension of those payroll tax cuts for working Americans about $ 1,000 a year for people getting a regular paycheck. But can they make that stick among conservative members who have insisted that any tax cut extension be paid for with offsetting spending cuts?
Todd Zwillich is Takeaway Washington correspondent.