More Democrats are joining the growing chorus to keeping the Bush tax cuts in place. The members of the House of Representatives made that plea to President Obama. This come as more Tea Party sponsored Republicans win nominations Tuesday primaries in Delaware,Maryland, New York and three other states.
“We should not be raising taxes in the middle of a recession,” Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., who’s facing tough odds in his bid for a fourth term, wrote in a terse letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“It is essential that we keep things as they are in the short term,” said Rep. Travis W. Childers, D-Miss., another conservative incumbent in a tight race, whose district, like Marshall’s, voted for Republican John McCain in the 2008 presidential race.
The letters for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer :
They were two of 31 jittery Democrats who signed a letter urging Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., to abandon the Obama plan and extend to everyone the Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year, according to one of its authors, Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah.
President Obama is standing firm on tax cuts for the Middle Class only:
“They want to hold these middle class tax cuts hostage until they get an additional tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans,” the president said in afternoon remarks.
“Doesn’t it make sense for us to move forward with the tax cuts that we all agree on?” Obama added. “We should be able to extend, right now, middle-class tax relief on the first $250,000 of income.”
The President blames the Republicans for insisting on keeping the Bush tax cuts and not helping the middle class. The republicans are holding the line and not budging:
Republicans, meanwhile, stayed together on their tax-cuts-for-all message and pressed for action before leaving town in October to go home to campaign. House Republican leader John Boehner, who over the weekend had suggested he would vote for Obama’s plan if that were the only option offered him, stuck to the party’s message Wednesday.
“If we’re serious about helping our economy this month we need to stop the tax hikes, and we need to cut spending,” Boehner said.