Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats will not vote on extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class before the midterm elections, senior Democratic sources said Thursday.
"The reality is, we will not pass what needs to be passed to change this either in the Senate or the House before the election," Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, told reporters.
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President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders have repeatedly expressed their desire to extend the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts - currently slated to expire at the end of the year - only for families earning less than $250,000 and individuals earning less than $200,000.
Republicans have stood firm on supporting extensions of the tax breaks for all taxpayers, including the wealthiest Americans.