Washington (CNN) – On the same day Congressional and White House negotiators met to broker a compromise on how to deal with the Bush-era tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that House Democrats would push ahead on a vote Thursday to permanently extend tax breaks just for those making $250,000 a year or less. Republicans argue tax cuts should be extended for everyone, including the wealthy.
Hoyer said the House bill would include permanent extensions of income tax rates for the middle class, plus tax breaks for married couples, the child tax credit, and the earned income tax credit.
(CNN) – For several members of the incoming House class of 2010, freshmen orientation seems a bit like déjà vu.
Ohio Congressman-elect Steve Chabot was first elected as part of the GOP class of 1994, which helped give Republicans control of the House of Representatives after 40 years as the minority party. He lost his seat two years ago during the wave of Democratic support for President Barack Obama, but was elected again in November – a choice by the voters, Chabot says, that brings a strong message to Washington.