Washington (CNN) - The congressional battle over the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts continued Sunday when Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would accept a two-year extension of the current tax levels, and Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said he would accept a one-year extension.
"I've said that neither side has the votes to get what they want, so I think we're going to have to kick it over for about two years," Hatch said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Although he said he would rather have a permanent extension, he acknowledged that neither Republicans nor Democrats will be able to get everything they want in reference to tax cuts.
Wyden agreed that the current levels should be extended, but differed from Hatch on the time line.
"I'd be willing to go along with a one-year extension so we can protect the middle class," Wyden told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
He said one year is enough time to fix the country's "job-killing, insanely complicated mess of a tax system."
In a vote Saturday, the Senate voted against a provision to extend the tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year and a separate measure to extend the tax cuts for those making under $1 million a year.
But both senators agreed that unemployment benefits should be extended - something the Senate also recently voted against.
Hatch said it is something the Senate will "have to do," and Wyden said the issue requires "fast action."
"This is a town driven by a culture of procrastination," Wyden said. "If you don't force fast action, what you'll end up doing is just kicking the can down the road and the only thing those jobless Americans are going to get is a really kicked can."
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