Momentum shift: House Dems vote against bringing tax deal to the floor

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.”


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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 12/09/2010 - 11:11 am.

    Congressional Democrats growing spines?

    Too little, too late.

  2. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 12/09/2010 - 11:42 am.

    Let the Republicans try to balance the budget by punishing the poor and unemployed while extending tax cuts to the rich. This is a typical Republican bill: raise spending and cut taxes without doing anything to fix the effect on the budget. Worry about the budget later (you can always blame the Democrats) and get a little something in there for yourselves and your rich friends.

    Obama caves for the sake of the unemployed, at least a worthy motive. Hopefully a lot of the unemployed voted Republican so they can feel their vote in action. Yay for the dems.

  3. Submitted by Sheila Ehrich on 12/09/2010 - 12:08 pm.

    I agree with Tim. Where were Democrats before the election?? Yes, the slaughter might have been larger, but at least they would have tried and let the electorate know what they stood for. Why should the unemployed vote for Democrats if they’re not even going to try to extend unemployment without taking on millions of extra dollars in tax cuts for millionaires.

    And where is their spokesperson??? Yes, I agree that Obama had needed to (and still needs to) speak out more and be more specific about what’s not being paid for.

    I’ve heard several times this week on the news that the unemployment extension is “not paid for” from Boehner et al. Where are those who should be yelling that the tax cuts aren’t being paid for either???

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