September 29th, 2010
01:59 PM ET
12 years ago

No middle class tax cut vote before election


1:23 p.m. - It has been the worse kept secret in Washington, but now it's official: House Democrats plan to leave for a five-week recess without trying to take up an extension of the Bush era middle class tax cuts.

First, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirmed it.

Then, I ran into Speaker Pelosi. I told her what Hoyer said, and asked her to put in her own words why the vote would not be held. Here's what she said:

"We are fighting for the middle class and don't want legislation to be held hostage by the Republicans who are here to serve those at the high end at the expense of the middle class," Pelosi said.

A Democratic aide said that Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced the decision at a breakfast with freshmen members today.

Filed under: Hill Hallways • issues • Nancy Pelosi • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. stufit

    Lame Duck Liberals, will just let the cuts expire, take the cowards way out. There will be so many of them, but not enough.

    September 29, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Snow

    She did not want the vote to be held now because 45 democrats had joined the Republicans in supporting extending all the President Bush tax cuts. In the lame duck session, I will bet you we will see the end of the tax cuts and a massive increase in everyones taxes. Of course she would not want to do this before the mid term elections.

    September 29, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. jim

    this is what is so dishonest about the democrats in Congress. If they truely believed what they were telling the public just a few days ago about extending the tax cuts for the middle class then why didn't they force a showdown in the Congress.Instead, they are running away from the work that needs to be done to go home and complain to their voters that it's the other guy's fault nothing gets done in Washington.

    September 29, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. vic, Nashville TN

    2002 to 2010 we have Bush Tax cut, there is no Job growth in this period

    But Bill Clinton time we had Job growth

    Middle class backbone of our economy our politicians never get it

    September 29, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. malabar

    Pelosi didnt allow the vote. conservative democrats are not going along with the b.s. their massuhs want to implement. Go Blue Dogs!

    September 29, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. jim germann

    what dana bash forgot to tell you is. Pelosi had to cast the tie-breaking vote to stop tax breaks. pelosi, in yesterdays wsj/nbc poll approval is just 22% approval. cnn forgot to tell you that. this is going to be a campaign ad. dana bash also forgot to tell you, is that if there was a vote, there was a majority stop all tax increases. thats why they killed the vote,and she had to cast the final vote. wow, i see a bevy of political ads coming from this vote.

    September 29, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Not a good decision. Take a position. Quit capitulating to the Republicans in the vain hope of winning conservative districts. People would respect the Democrats more if they stood-up for the middle-class consistently and stopped waving the white flag to the Neo-Con fruitloops.

    September 29, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Jess C

    And we all know who the GOP supports. I isn't us in the middle class and definitely not those below us. Seems crazy that so many in the middle class see them as capable of pulling us out of this mess? Are they nuts? Who got us here in the first place. If extending tax breaks to the wealthy has been so great, why hasn't "trickle down" worked? Someone had it right, we are stupid.

    September 29, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. jim germann

    "no middle class tax cut". interesting way of spinning the headline. bi-partisan majority stopped from passing no tax increases before the nov election, is the correct headline. pelosi killed tax breaks for all americans, and,unfortunately had to break the tie. oops, many political ads will arise from her unfortunate tie-breaking vote to kill tax increases.

    September 29, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. S. in California

    ANY democrat is better than ANY republican ANYDAY. I am voting for people who at least pretend to have MY best interest in mind.

    Democrats. Right For America.

    September 29, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Mary Rhiner

    This whole bunch makes me ashamed of being a democrat. Bringing in republicans is useless since there isn't a dimes worth of difference between them.

    September 29, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    The Republican strategy for the midterm elections:

    Don't let anything come to a vote so America won't see what rotten jerks you are, in direct contrast to what President Obama and the Democrats are trying to do for our country.

    Don't let any of your bizarre teabagger candidates do interviews, because that will just further convince voters – even in your own party – that you've totally lost it in your desperate efforts to regain power.

    GOP = What a bunch of losers!

    September 29, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |