WASHINGTON — Just as momentum seemed to be building for the White House, it all came to a sudden halt late this morning.
Moments ago, House Democrats voted to not bring up the compromise tax extension up for a vote. Said California’s George Miller, chairman of the Education and Labor Committee and a key ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “House Democrats just decided at our caucus meeting — we won’t have a vote on the tax compromise until the package is improved.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Oberstar seems to have joined Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum in opposing the deal. Oberstar co-signed a letter by Vermont’s Peter Welch, Ellison and 51 other Democrats that called the compromise “fiscally irresponsible” and “grossly unfair.”
“We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed,” they wrote. “He should not back down. Nor should we.”