WASHINGTON — House Republicans refused on Tuesday to accept a two-month extension of a payroll tax holiday that cleared the Senate over the weekend.

WASHINGTON — House Republicans refused on Tuesday to accept a two-month extension of a payroll tax holiday that cleared the Senate over the weekend.

Instead, the House voted to form a conference committee to negotiate with the Senate on a long-term solution. The vote was 229-193 with no Democrat in support.

Reps. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, voted for it. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott, opposed it.

House Democrats argued that the short-term fix was needed to avoid an end-of-year expiration to the payroll tax holiday and long-term unemployment benefits.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., remained steadfast Tuesday against further negotiations until the House passed the two-month extension.

As it stands now, Arkansas workers would see a decrease in their take home pay that would amount to about $84 a month for those earning $50,000 annually.

In addition, an estimated 10,400 out-of-work Arkansans would lose long-term federal unemployment benefits by mid-February, according to Democrats.

And, Arkansas physicians would see deep cuts in their Medicare reimbursements.

Womack said Tuesday that Reid needs to appoint conferees so that negotiations can begin now rather than putting off those discussions until next year.

“By our vote, we reject Congress’s practice of kicking important issues facing our country down the road. Inherent in this message is the willingness of the House to take the time necessary during this holiday season to do our work—not push our workload to the new year,” he said.

Griffin said that the two-month extension would be “costly and cumbersome” for businesses to implement and does not address the long-term issue. Congress, he said, needs to continue to negotiate.

“I would prefer to be home working in Arkansas, but the House is in session because we’re focused on finding a solution. I am confident the Senate will do the right thing and join us to work out our differences in conference,” Griffin said.

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott, said Monday he was ready to accept the Senate compromise because a two-month extension is “better than nothing.”

Ross said that Democrats and Republicans agree that the payroll tax holiday should be continued for another year given the fragile state of the economy. But, he said, the two parties disagree on how to pay for it.

The Senate’s short-term approach would renew a 2 percentage point cut in the Social Security payroll tax, plus jobless benefits averaging about $300 a week for the long-term unemployed, and would prevent a 27 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors.

The $33 billion cost would be financed by a .10 percentage point hike in home loan guarantee fees charged by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which the administration says would raise the monthly payment on a typical $210,000 loan by about $15 a month.

Until this weekend, it was assumed that Boehner had signed off on the Senate measure. After all, it was agreed to by Boehner’s trusted confidante, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Boehner declined on several occasions Friday to reject the idea.

But rank-and-file House Republicans erupted in frustration at the Senate measure, which drops changes to the unemployment insurance system pressed by conservatives, a freeze in the salaries of federal workers and cuts to President Barack Obama’s health care law.