September 15th, 2010
07:38 PM ET
12 years ago

More Democrats break with Obama on tax cuts

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A group of Democrats sent a letter to House Democratic leaders urging them to extend expiring tax breaks for all income levels."]
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.

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. But 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.

The letter–written by Utah Rep. Jim Matheson, Illinois Rep. Melissa Bean, Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye and Michigan Rep. Gary Peters–states that after listening to economists, small businesses and families over recent weeks they are concerned that "raising any taxes right now could negatively impact economic growth."

"We believe in times of economic recovery it makes good sense to maintain things as they are in the short term, to provide families and businesses the certainty required to plan and make sound budget decisions. Providing this certainty will give small businesses, the backbone of our economic recovery, confidence and stability," the lawmakers wrote.

CNN reported that the four authors were circulating a draft of the letter earlier this week. But with more than 30 Democrats now signed on to the final letter, Democratic leaders will face increasing pressure to address the concerns of these moderate members.

Republican congressional leaders have been making similar arguments, pushing for a two year freeze on all current tax rates.

Earlier on Wednesday, Hoyer told reporters he could consider proposals to extend tax cuts for higher wage earners, but he also stressed his strong support for just renewing the middle income tax breaks.

Later Wednesday, Hoyer released a written statement noting he was simply saying he was willing to talk to others about their positions.

"Unfortunately, the reports of my answer implied a willingness to support an extension of Bush policies," he wrote. "That is incorrect."

Filed under: issues • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Just surrender to the g.o.p.

    Thirty One Democrats who will lose anyway.

    September 15, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. leon pa

    those biue dogs need to jump off the hill

    September 15, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. artraveler

    Let them expire. That was the original Republican plan and so let it go to its logical (illogical) conclusion.

    They passed it using reconciliation over Democratic concerns that it was a gimmic and let them have rates go back and MAKE THEM EXPLAIN THEIR LOGIC.. It was passed by the Republicans over objections that this would happen and since they were also running up the national debt with the tax cuts and Bush's two undeclared wars, call it what it is. The end of the Republican tax plan and if you didn't like this, what do you think they have in store for you if they get back in power.

    September 15, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Why? So we can keep the budget deeper in the red? That is one of the biggest reasons why Bush wrecked the budget along with spending a boatload of $ on fear-based agendas.

    September 15, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. NativeSonKY

    Where are the NAMES of those 31 Democrats? Can't CNN FULLY report ANY story? Tired of "sound bite" news.

    September 15, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. jim

    Seems like there are a lot of dems that are not willing to fall on the sword for either Pelosi or Obama. However their actions come a little to lateas they have already soldout AMERICA and the voters wiil make them pay.

    September 15, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. King

    Well the hell starts. The dems have no choice but to side with the brain washed american people now i hope when theyve got put up with hell for the next four years i dont want to here no one complain about nothing because the repugs you love so much will take care of the middle class and poor.

    September 15, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. JON

    This is what is wrong with Washington . SAVE the tax cuts for the rich add the bill to the middle class so you can try to keep your job. If the DEMS want to keep their job start by remembering who you work for and who voted for you. The rich is the top 2% the 98% is everyone else. Vote to save the top 2% and the 98% will vote you out......hows that math

    September 15, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Sorry, Speaker Pelosi but this is how you create jobs. Massive Federal government spending did not work. Thank you for proving that. Again.

    September 15, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. deliboo1970

    Sad Sad Sad!!! When will we ever have leaders who will work at doing their job rather than keeping your job. We really need term limits.

    September 15, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    Thank all perceptions of God, some Democrats realize the necessity of thinking for themselves and ignoring President Obama.
    They'd better do so: this presidency has almost completely destroyed the Democrats' credibility.

    September 15, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Do it Pelosi.....

    and put another nail in the Democratic coffin.

    September 15, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. NoBama

    And people are saying that the Tea party candidates can't get elected. Ha!
    These fools have made it easy. Almost too easy. Dems are in big trouble this November. Nuf said.

    September 15, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. u2canfail

    This is why we need election reform. These guys need donations for campaigns. The rich are fine, they can pay a bit more in taxes. There are many without jobs right now. We need to pay down the deficit, but even more, we need jobs. And the rich really don't create all the jobs, if they did we would be overflowing with work. They have gained a lot since Reagan!

    September 15, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Shannon

    I hope they know they will have an even tougher time being re-elected if they continue to only represent the richest Americans. We've lost millions of jobs since these tax cuts went into effect, please stop the myth about the wealthy creating jobs by reinvesting their money. It's been proven false, and only 3% of small business will be affected. The President is offering all small businesses a true tax break.

    September 15, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. all the news that is fit too omit

    Here's betting that the lying gutless fraud of a president and his media cronies ignores these SMART Democrats and keeps blaming Republicans for holding the middle class hostage.

    Since Oweblamo never had a real job, how do you expect him to know how to create a job?

    The lying gutles fraud knows how to save imaginary jobs though, again thanks to the media cronies lying right along with him...

    See you in November Barry.

    September 15, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. southern cousin

    Are they finlly figuring out he lies to them also? That he is the most corrupt, inept and incompetent president that this country has ever had? That they don't want to play the old class warfare, racism game the Democrat libs have been playing for 40 years, or do they just recognize a loser walking?

    September 15, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. joe

    Nice to see Democrats going against Obama. He is out to ruin this country and people are finally realizing what he is doing. Congrats to the Democrats that finally see what is going on.

    September 15, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. LouAz

    Pretty clear were these politicans get their support. Best Congress money can buy !

    September 15, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Get A Grip

    I wouldn't trust these Democrats....They're running scared and they'll do and say anything to get re-elected. If they were to be re-elected they'll go right back kissing the 'Failure In Chief' butt.

    September 15, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. WAKE UP

    Is Sarah palin a small business owner now? jUST ASKING

    September 15, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. bob (Illinois)

    Gutless politicians!

    September 15, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. jay

    The rich do not deserve tax cuts, because the jobs that they create are the ones that are going overseas, and everything that they buy is exported.

    September 15, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Disgusted

    So what more may be breaking with Obama but it's still not the majority. Here's one thing that I notice since I have been voting. I am a Democrat which I'm sure you are all aware of. However when Republicans spend money it never benefits society as a whole. They always want our tax dollars to go to corporations that outsource jobs overseas. As long as the rich gets richer.

    At least if democrats raise taxes we can see where the money is being invested. You can see the money in better infrastructure, police, fire and schools. Republicans like to invest in other people houses which in my view makes them very unamerican. How can you allow for the destruction of the middle class when we are the majority? I guess that's out the window also.

    September 15, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. Anita in AZ

    So switch is it? Raise taxes or raise the deficit? You can not no matter how hard you try do both.

    September 15, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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