Nightly News | December 13, 2011
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: And one more note from our poll, 75 percent call this year's Congress either below average or one of the worst ever. That's a low in US history . And the battling over taxes on Capitol Hill grinds on tonight with a standoff over executing the payroll tax cut. Kelly O'Donnell on duty tonight on the Hill , is with us from Washington . Hey, Kelly , good evening.
KELLY O'DONNELL reporting: Hi , there, Brian . I've got more of what makes the public so angry: another down to the wire battle. Now 160 million Americans could see their taxes go up in a couple of weeks, and the government runs out of money to operate this Saturday. Now both parties had thought they had achieved a big bipartisan deal to keep the government running, but the president put the brakes on that, saying that Congress really needs to do first that payroll tax cut extension and unemployment benefits. Now the House is voting tonight on a Republican version of that, but President Obama says he will veto it. Democrats don't like some of what's in it, including an oil pipeline project. So tonight the vice president has been working the phones, and what we're really left with, Brian , is the risk of a government shutdown and the risk of higher taxes still
hanging in the air. Brian: Kelly O'Donnell on Capitol Hill tonight. Kelly , thanks.