September 16th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
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Some Democrats break with Obama, party leaders on tax cuts

Washington (CNN) – Thirty-one House Democrats, most of whom face tough re-election bids this fall, have signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them to extend expiring tax breaks for all income levels, including the wealthy.

Republicans also say the tax cuts, introduced by President George W. Bush in 2001, should be kept in place for everyone.

Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders have made it clear they support President Obama's proposal to vote on a bill that only renews tax breaks for those making $250,000 and under.

With the midterm elections less than two months away, leaders have not yet decided whether they will schedule a vote on the legislation before voters go to the polls.

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Filed under: issues • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    WARNING TO DEMOCRATS!!!!

    Don't you even think about extending tax cuts for the top 2%. You better extend them to the middle class and the middle class ONLY!!!

    September 16, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Marcus

    'With the midterm elections less than two months away, leaders have not yet decided whether they will schedule a vote on the legislation before voters go to the polls.'

    Yeah, they haven't... and BTW, anyone (who believes in it) would like to buy this little thing that has been in my family's possession since forever, but due to the current crisis I will have to pass it over? It's called the Brooklin Bridge...

    September 16, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. vic, Nashville TN

    Because of these 31 democrats , party facing tough election

    September 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Dumbos

    That's bad policy *and* bad politics – the overwhelming majority of Americans support recinding unneeded tax breaks for the rich.

    DCCC if you want to know why people aren't forking over with the donations, here's why.

    September 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. lforlegend

    Some dems are as gutless as the repukes, too bad they put politics first. Shame on the whole bunch of DC clowns.

    September 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. ddt

    Those people have been voting with Republicans all the time. As a Dem I wish they all get swept in the coming election. We don't need them. The Good thing, the American people are with the president. 53% support the president about the taxes. Sen Ben Nelson has been a republican the entire 2yrs of Obama's presidency, in my opion, that man is a ..............Ra

    September 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. bern

    If the Dems lose control of the congress it will be because that don't have the courage to stand up for what is right. Instead of supporting the President's plan, these folks hop in bed with the GOP idiots. Sissy politics.

    September 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Whatever

    Obviously there is a reason Bush wanted them to expire (because he knew the well would be dry and it would cause headaches/heart burn for the next President). Just increase the threshold to 550K (couple) and $500K (single). We the people say DO NOT EXTEND for all!!!!!!

    September 16, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Liz the First

    This is why we Democrats are having trouble getting things done. we need to have as unified a party as the party of NO. we need to wee out the blue dogs and DINOs and get people in who truly represent the Democratic platform and don't vote with the enemy. and i don't use the term 'enemy' loosely. the republican party has become an enemy of the American people. sad, but true! their extreme agenda will finish the job of destroying this country that was begun under the Bush regime. they haven't changed their agenda one bit and they even admit it with pride. we elect them at our peril!

    September 16, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. steven harnack

    I think it is time to change the name of these backstabbers from Blue Dog Democrats to The Quisling Party. It's more truthful and doesn't sully the Democratic Party.

    September 16, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Carl

    Grow a backbone people!! Is anyone besides the President actually thinking long term and trying to LOWER the deficit? Or do any of you have a plan to fund this 700 Billion dollar project??

    Also, anyone read the report saying this will do little to boost the economy?? I say take this money and put it to good use.

    You all don't represent me and if I can vote you out, I will! I will vote against anyone NOT voting for the President's plan.

    September 16, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Vote them all OUT! The middle class is TIRED of bailing out all of the CORPORATE ELITE, protecting their HUGE BONUSES, while the hard-working average American gets ZERO on their savings just so the BIG BANKS can get their. I don't CARE who you are DEMOCRAT or REPUBLICAN. It is time to think about the the MIDDLE CLASS who is quickly headed toward poverty. GET IT!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Pam

    Every poll that I have seen regarding this issue shows a clear majority of Americans do not want to re-instate the tax cuts for those making over a quarter million a year.
    Those that want to continue the tax cut either make over a quarter million a year or are cow-towing to those who do!

    September 16, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. water bearer

    They're only saying this to try to say their collective political a$$es. IF it's necessary to save the Congress from being taken over by TeaPublcans, then so be it. But ONLY for one year! And after a year the immoral tax breaks for the top 1% of wealthiest Americans MUST be ended!

    September 16, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Mesa Mick

    These blue dog dems are hypocrites. They say they are for "the workin' man" but continue the redistribution of weath UPWARDS to the people that need it the least!

    I just wish these re-thug-lie-cant wanna-bes would just "come out of the closet" and quite trying to dupe us as being on the side "of the people".

    September 16, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Duh

    No tax cuts=more money taken out of investors pockets to waste on government programs= no investments in the economy= no growth= no jobs. Duuuuh, Economics 101,idiots

    September 16, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. New Age Independant

    And somehow liberals will blame this on Bush and the Republicans. It seems the Democrats are now the Party of No Ideas and No Change.

    September 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. rdepontb

    If these 31 House Democrats are so beholden to the rich, then they do not belong in Congress at all. Good riddance!

    Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Hoyer,
    let them go-follow what is good for the nation, and do not extend the tax break for the upper 2%.

    September 16, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    One word: DINO.

    September 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. LINDA

    The key words are "most of whom face tough re-election bids this fall. Nuff said. Damn cowards.

    September 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Carolyn Jones

    We need to know which democrats refuse to go along with keeps the tax status for the rich and easing the taxes for the middle class – they are the ones to Remove From Office -

    September 16, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    The corporate news network acts amazed that there are free thinking politicians that vote they way their constituents ellected them to vote. Since when has the mind set of "follow the party no matter the cost " been the norm?
    Oh yea, I forgot the Republican party of NO disent from the Fox/Limpball talking points.

    September 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Good For Them

    Smart move, these guys are showing some common sense. To have growth, you have to have investors with money to invest. Growth means real jobs, not government created ones that are wasteful and non productive to the economy. Obama can't seem to understand this fact. He just wants quick money to throw at the massive debt he and this congress has created. Oh and by the way, lift the useless moratorium, you ill qualified goofballs.

    September 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    31 Spineless Traitors that probably will lose their seats...nice to know who the turncoats and Bush apologists are among the ranks.

    September 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Ron in Califonia

    Looks like the Wizard gave some of the Dems a brain. The rest need courage

    September 16, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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