Coming House tax cut battle really about framing general election
Leaving small business owners out of the Bush tax cut extension, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, center, says, could kill small businesses. But the upcoming vote may be more about the general election than the taxes.
July 27th, 2012
07:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Coming House tax cut battle really about framing general election

Washington (CNN) – Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a vote next week on a House Republican bill to extend all the current tax cuts, but the debate is really aimed at the vote that comes three months later.

The GOP bill is expected to pass narrowly, mostly along party lines. But both political parties are using Congress' big fight over taxes to frame voters' choice in the November election.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Darryl

    The Tax breaks for the middle class need to be extended. The Tax breaks and loop-holes for the wealthy need to stop and NOT continue period.

    July 27, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. onevoice

    If the voters thought with "goggle" instead of ignorance, we would send all the Obstutionalists(GOP) packing. Wake Up Fools

    July 27, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Jewels

    Ugh, just looking at these guys in the pic. make me cringe. You know what I want to hear - was there follow-up with Eric Cantor about adding a clause in the Insider Trading Law - to allow family to be excluded. He added this secretly - was caught red-handed – and said he'd be revising it. Follow-up!

    July 27, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. 2020

    shame on you GOP

    The people will boot your out this November. enough is enough

    July 27, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Thomas

    The above photo makes them look so deviously and inmature .

    Cantor is needs to move to France , put a mole on his face and carry around a silk handkerchief .

    July 27, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. g

    the picture says it all–they want to see our tax returns and offshore accounts

    July 27, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. charles

    Business as usual. Or should I say monkey business?

    July 28, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  8. enuff

    What's the point of polling all thse people if no one in congress is listening? They all start with "the american peolple want/don't want..." well I say phooie. They're not really listening to what people want. They vote according to who offers the biggest paycheck aka lobbiests.

    July 28, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  9. mk1

    I just about have to barf every time I see my representative with those two nut job congressmen. Unfortunately Roskam is nothing but a lemming, never voting independently, just following along blindly like the fool he is. god what a moron.

    July 28, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    There are different numbers floated re small business.
    a) Democrats say thier proposal only impacts 2/3 % of small businesses.. Is that correct or not.
    b) Republicans claim it impacts small business badly, implies all of them... They say it loses 700,000 jobs.
    So which is correct?
    The CBO probably has the answer as well and I'd be inclined to believe that than either a Dem or Republican claim.
    Just as one individual I find it hard to believe that an increase in taxes for those earning over 250K small business owners, or not them, will have any major impact on the employment or the economy.
    C'mon CNN et al do your job give us the facts... not really interested in this repeat of political POSTURING THATS BEEN GOING ON FAR TOO LONG WITH NO REAL CHANGE IN THE RHETORIC.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 28, 2012 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    We need to get rid of all GOP animals.

    July 28, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  12. Bernard obryant

    It sad that senate try to pass it anyway without republican.what going to happen is house republican is going to reject senate democrat bill plain and simple

    July 28, 2012 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  13. Marie MD

    The teapublikkkans are framing their our demise come November. Is there any group they haven't ticket off? Everything they ran for in 2010 has been a failure. Their main goal is to defeat the President even if they take the country down with them and they have done a pretty good job of that also.

    July 28, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  14. GI Joe

    We've already told them over and over to keep the tax cuts for middle class and let the top people expire. THEY DON'T LISTEN TO US - WE DON'T PAY THEM AS MUCH AS THEIR WEALTHY DONORS.

    July 28, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  15. Larry L

    Republicans once again give no specifics in another cut & spend plan except they want to protect "job creators" who never created any jobs – they just hoarded their money and lived large while others went under.

    It's time for Americans to hold their feet to the fire and demand specifics. Will they trash Social Security and Medicare as proposed in the Ryan Budget? Will they eliminate all environmental regulations – causing untold numbers of cancers and other diseases across America? Will they trash the healthcare law – offering nothing return except promises about "free market" influences a.k.a. insurance companies will control your health decisions?

    July 28, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. T'sah From Virginia

    This is why the American people are not excited about the elections – too much bull crap goes on in Congress and nothing gets done!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 28, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |