September 13th, 2010
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Democrats return to Capitol Hill, mount final push to keep control

 Congressional Democrats return to Washington Monday for a month-long legislative push they hope will persuade voters to keep them in power.
Congressional Democrats return to Washington Monday for a month-long legislative push they hope will persuade voters to keep them in power.

Washington (CNN) – Facing the prospect of losing control of Capitol Hill in the midterm elections, congressional Democrats return to Washington this week for one final month-long legislative push they hope will persuade voters to keep them in power.

At the top of their to-do list, Democrats will tee up the emotionally charged debate about whether to extend expiring Bush tax cuts for people earning more than $250,000 a year or just for those who earn less. Only weeks before voters go to the polls, Democrats are eager to make the argument that their party is focused on the middle class and Republicans are the party of the rich.

Most Democrats agree with President Obama that tax relief should be limited to the less well-off, while Republicans argue taxes shouldn't be hiked on anyone - including the wealthy - while the economy is weak.

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he would vote for extending the tax cuts for the middle class if that was the only option he had, but that he would do everything that he could to extend them for those making more than $250,000 as well.

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  1. Keith in Austin

    The cesspool i.e. Pelosi's swamp has re-opened in Washington this week. Democrats wearing Speedo's are frolicking in the sewage and slinging it everywhere! "It's Bush's fault, all Republicans are multi-millionaires and the Tea Party is racist".

    Thankfully, we will rid ourselves of this embarrassment in November.

    September 13, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. Jerry - Florida

    OMG!!! Plastic/boblehead Pelosi back! God help the USA.

    September 13, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. Isaac

    If republicans wants to extend the tax cut to the small rich people, then, they have to prove that these rich people indeed created jobs the last 8 years that Bush was incharge. If not, I would say no to extend the tax cut. History shows that these rich company lay off a lot of people and give millions of dollars bonus to them selves. This is not fair.

    September 13, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. Navybill

    Oh pleeezzzzee, give us a money break. Congress should go back home, we tax payers need time off too.

    September 13, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Michael

    Continue welfare for the richest people ibn the world, at the cost of $700 BILLION, in the middle of a recession. This is financial conservatism?
    Is Tea Party Lunacy contagious? Some kind of mutant weaponized Cold War virus designed to instantly lower IQ to the level of parsley?
    At least Boehner has one thing straight: relief must be given first where it is really needed: for the middle class, which enjoys minimal benefits for the taxes they pay, yet have nothing left over with which to get ahead.

    September 13, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. annie s

    The biggest enemy the Democrats have are other Democrats...the Blue Dogs have battled their own party, forced them to water down important legislation and made the entire party look weak and ineffective. The reality is that overall they have saved us from falling off a cliff in spite of the backward thinking conservatives in their party – and a return to Republican power will sink us as a nation.

    September 13, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. King

    Repugs want to lower taxes on the rich and at the same time bitch about the budget. These folks cannot stand on a policy for 5 minutes they go with the emotions of the country. Clinton had high taxes for every one and the country florished because the rich had to pour money in the system so more money got off the side line and into circulatin inside the country. When you give tax beaks you take money out of the system and into the rich folks hand. These rich folks have furniture from back in the 30s they dont spend money back into the system, youve got to force their money back into the system by making them pay tax or trillions of dolars will remain on the side line or some bank abroad while we suffer.

    September 13, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. New Age Independant

    Obama and the rest of his liberal gang have always believed in more taxes and spending. History has shown this time and time again. Yet if they need to stay in office they will need to extend one of Bush's major policies that was resounding success. A policy that, if you were to listen to liberals, cant work. It's time for another change in Washington...

    September 13, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Liz the First

    If the Democratic supporters don't come out and vote to continue the progress and healing this country is experiencing now under Obama, this country will go down the tubes. Obama is the fireman standing at the blazing economy with the hose, and the republican'ts are standing with their feet on the hose and a box of matches in their hands!!! Don't blame Obama for not being able to achieve bipartisanship or change the tone of Washington, it's a calculated political move by the rethugs to say NO to everything and count on the American people to be stupid enough to blame the wrong party for their failure. get out and vote as if your country's survival depended on it. IT DOES!!!

    September 13, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. Riley

    Pelosi, start cleaning our your desk. YOU ARE DONE!!!

    September 13, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. save america, vote out republicans

    Let the tax cuts expire! They did not create jobs, only debt. To extend them will add almost a trillion to our national debt over the next decade.

    September 13, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. Ron in Califonia

    The Democrats are for the poor. Their policies are making more and more of us poor everyday. The Gov't runsby the Democrats is spending us into oblivion and will raise taxes or "fees" to pay for their failed policies. As we are now learning the much touted Healthcare bill is causing insurance premiums to rise. Financial reform is costing us, The enegy bill if enacted will cost us and on and on and on. Keep taxes where they are and slow down he spending.

    September 13, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. save america, vote out republicans

    Boner will not vote for anything at does not help America's wealthiest. In case you have not noticed, he begins slurring his words by ten am, and is totally unaware of what he says from day to day.

    September 13, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. ED FL

    The problem with Washington is that the Pelosi's ,Rangel and few dozen others need to get out in the real world ,not stay in their position through hook or crook. That goes for both houses and parties. The People that can institute changes and settle for 6yrs in the house and 8 yrs in the Senate. Whoever can accommplist that should and would be elected President for 2 terms. The old deadbeats like Pelosi ,Boehner need to go and get some fresh ideas and COOPERATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. King

    Until these rich guys can show some gratitude to all those tax payers that bailed them out of the financial crap they got themselves in and start pooring money back into the system, taking it off the sideline so that business can start hiring again. tax them to hell and bring their money back into the system. These rich guys take more money out of the country than the orientals and illegals combine.

    September 13, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. Jim

    Remember in November! It's time to take our country back!

    September 13, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. Ron in Califonia

    And ine more thing. The "wealthy" line at $250 K is to low. It is an arbitray amount that Obama and crew dtermined and are selling. Most at this level ar w-2 wage earners or small businesses. People who through hard work , risk and sweat have been rewarde for their efforts with a good income. They deserve to enjoy the benefits of their labors. The line for rich should be set much higher, I say to at least a million dolars of annual earned income. Also, $250 K in Little Rock or Fargo may be wealthy but in LA, SF or NY or Chicago it makes you midddle class.

    September 13, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. Jilli

    The dems will be fine, the losses won't be as great as the media driven narrative wants us to believe. It's still obvious that our economic failures were bigger than any other since the 30's, it's still obvious which party was at the helm. We still haven't forgotten the economic strain of poor economic policies, wealth redistribution, unfunded unnecessary wars, unfunded and inefficient tax cuts, poor job growth has done to this nation. The working class benefits from democratic leadership, and many have seen what the corporatization of the country under republican "leadership" has done to this country. Sane people realize that it's going to take more than 16 months to turn it around. Sanity will prevail over media generated emotion, and the dems will be fine.

    September 13, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Deborah/Kansas City

    The higest income folks do not even want the continued tax cuts. If you listen you hear Steven Speilburg, Bill Maher, Brad Pitt, Bill Gates, all of whom are willing to pay a higer rate, won't hurt them at all or decrease their standard of living; and they want to help get our country out of debt. It is only the Republicans trying to protect the uber rich friends of theirs, like Rupurt Murdock. Real Patriotic wealthy Americans understand that they have had all the breaks and become richer and richer and are ready to pay their fair share.

    How about this then you revieve a tax break, If you just pocket the money, you don't. That is what Republicans always say the wealthy will do, create jobs, but we all know they do not and have not for the past decade.

    September 13, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Annie Hampton

    Even if the dems keep control of the House, they will change their leadership which has sucked up to Obama and nearly destroyed support of the democrat party with all the socialist programs enacted these two years. Get real, liberal democrats, the USA is a freedom-loving, independent-minded people and we don't want federal government controls which kill innovation and free ideas.

    September 13, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. really!

    OPEN WIDE – here we go again, more stuff we don't want or need will stuffed down our throats, just to win an election!

    September 13, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    oh look its the princess pelosi and her hitler ways, hmmm, should be almost time to let her feel what it is like to be UNEMPLOYED, she needs to be FIRED.

    September 13, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Only an idiot would vote Republican this November.

    The Republicans offer only fear, lies, division and hate. Oh, and tax cuts for the wealthy.

    Speaking of which, Republicans love to say that giving more money to the wealthy trickles down and creates jobs.

    If that were true, then why after 8 years of Bush-Cheney and their irresponsible wartime tax cuts did unemployment skyrocket and our country end up in the toilet?

    September 13, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Dems are going to be out.

    September 13, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Katy Hill

    I can't stand Boehner but Pelosi has got to go. As usual it's a choice of who is worse . I want to see Republicans take over both the House and Senate so they can waste another 2 years undoing what has been done .

    September 13, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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