Washington (CNN)– The House GOP is coming under increasing fire from fellow Republicans in the Senate for the payroll tax standoff with Democrats – which many in the GOP see as a growing political debacle.
Multiple Senate GOP sources told CNN that frustration with their counterparts in the House is mounting.
"The House Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. They are on their own," a Senate GOP leadership aide told CNN.
"This is a lose – lose situation for us. They've let the Democrats get the messaging advantage and more specifically we've turned one of our key issues on its head. The Republicans look like they are the ones blocking tax relief," said the Senate GOP leadership aide, who also called it "inexcusable."
On Saturday, the vast majority of Senate Republicans voted for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, and many were surprised that their House colleagues revolted and refuse to agree to the temporary fix.
Over the past few days many Senate Republicans have publicly called on the House to pass the short-term measure, saying it’s not perfect, but worth voting for in order to avoid an average tax increase of $1,000 for Americans.
The Wall Street Journal, usually a reliable voice of support for Republicans, wrote a scathing editorial Wednesday, torching House Republicans for a misguided strategy, both on policy and politics.
"The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play," said the Wall Street Journal editorial.
GOP Senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, issued a statement Tuesday supporting the House GOP's decision not to approve the two-month extension. Wednesday morning, he changed his tune and said he now agrees with the Wall Street Journal.
"Both Republicans and Democrats have agreed that this is going to happen and probably the best thing to happen now is just to get it over with – one more policy blunder- but just get it over with and move on because now it's been framed as a tax increase which it's not," Corker told CNBC.
On Tuesday Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told CNN this fight is "harming the Republican party."
To be sure, there is a fair amount of frustration among House Republicans with their Senate brethren. Several House GOP sources have told CNN they believe Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, gave up too soon last week on negotiations for a year-long payroll tax extension, which is what all sides ultimately want. Those talks were stymied over partisan differences on how to pay for the tax cut.
Still, a second senior GOP Senate aide told CNN Republicans should be happy because they got several important concessions from Democrats, including one relating to the controversial Keystone Pipeline.
"The House Republicans pulled defeat from the jaws of victory," said the senior GOP Senate aide.
- CNN Radio Correspondent Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.