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Thursday, December 9, 2010

House Democratic caucus angrily objects to tax-cut package

In a sharp rebuke to President Obama, Democrats who contend the tax-cut package is too generous to the rich say it should not come to the floor in its current form. Some Democrats started chanting 'Just say no' during the meeting, according to Rep. Brad Sherman.

Angry House Democrats on Thursday voted to reject the tax-cut extension package negotiated by President Obama with Republicans.

In an emotional voice vote in their caucus, Democrats, who have repeatedly attacked the agreement as too generous to the rich, said the package should not come to the floor in its current form. The next step is up to the leadership.

“In the caucus Thursday, House Democrats supported a resolution to reject the Senate Republican tax provisions as currently written,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “We will continue discussions with the president and our Democratic and Republican colleagues in the days ahead to improve the proposal before it comes to the House floor for a vote.”

The move is a sharp rebuke to Obama, who hours earlier had stepped up his campaign to sell his tax-cut-extension agreement, arguing that the nation’s economy could be severely damaged and the recovery might begin to move backwards if Congress fails to pass the package. (Continues here)

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