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By Tim Leeds 

Baucus, Tester split on payroll tax holiday


Montana's U. S. senators — both Democrats — split on a Democrat-supported proposal to extend a reduction of payroll taxes, set to expire this month.

The extension, originally part of President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act, failed on a 51-49 vote.

Sen. Max Baucus voted for the extension, saying he will continue to fight to extend the tax holiday.

"Middle-class workers and small business owners are the key to growth and job creation, and putting more money back in their pockets with the payroll tax cut helps boost our whole economy, " Baucus said in a release following the vote. "I...

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