September 14th, 2010
06:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Hill Hallways: A middle class tax cut too controversial

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5:47 p.m. – California Rep. Laura Richardson is a rank and file Democrat who says she agrees with her leadership and the president that Congress should only vote to extend tax cuts for the middle class. But, she disagrees with plans to take that vote before the election, saying it's too fraught with controversy and potentially hurtful to many of her colleagues in tough races.

I ran into her in the hallway outside of the Speaker's office. She said "I would not suspect we would have a vote before we leave for the election."

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Filed under: Hill Hallways • issues • Taxes
September 14th, 2010
03:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Hill Hallways: Reid not talking about home

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3:00 p.m. - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is back leading the Senate's brief fall session, and he doesn't appear interested in talking about his tough battle back home.

At his first press conference since returning from summer break, I asked why his race back home is so tight. Reid insisted that his pollster is one of the finest, and "I'm satisfied where I am in the polls today."

A Las Vegas Sun poll released two days ago showed Reid with 46%, and his GOP Tea Party backed opponent Sharon Angle at 44%. The race is well within the 6 point sampling error.

Our exchange, after the jump:
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Hill Hallways
September 14th, 2010
12:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Hill Hallways: Feingold's prospects

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12:35 p.m. ET – One of the races that moved into the Democrats long worry column this summer is Senator Russ Feingold's re-election bid in Wisconsin.

I ran into him coming into the Capitol for his first vote of the day this morning, and he sure didn't act like a candidate in trouble.

He was noticeably chipper, telling me, "I'm increasingly confident and feeling pretty good today."

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Filed under: Hill Hallways • Russ Feingold
September 14th, 2010
12:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Hill Hallways: Cornyn doesn't sugercoat O'Donnell

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12:19 p.m. ET – I just ran into NRSC head John Cornyn coming off the elevator. Most Washington Republicans will tell you on background they think the Delaware Senate pick up is gone for them if Christine O'Donnell wins the GOP primary, but they are reluctant to say so on the record.

Cornyn came pretty close.

He said that not only does he have doubts about whether O'Donnell can win in Delaware, but he also admitted that race is the "lynchpin" to any chance of Senate Republicans taking back the majority. He also said if O'Donnell wins, they would have to have a "powwow" about whether to dedicate any money to that race.

First, I asked whether he's worried about O'Donnell's electability.

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Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Hill Hallways • John Cornyn
September 14th, 2010
10:48 AM ET
4 years ago

Hill Hallways: McConnell on Boehner's tax cut position

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1030 a.m. ET: I just ran into Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and asked him if he thinks House Minority Leader John Boehner gave up the GOP negotiating position on extending all Bush era tax cuts by admitting that he would vote for an extension only for those making $250,000 and below.

McConnell didn't answer directly, but what he did say was certainly revealing.

"Well you know my position, and I made it clear again yesterday. The effort we are going to make here in the Senate is going to be to extend the current tax rates permanently, and we'll have that debate here in the Senate and hopefully prevail," said McConnell.

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Filed under: Hill Hallways • issues • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell
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