November 14th, 2010
11:20 AM ET
12 years ago

Priorities for Congress surface

(CNN) - When Congress returns for its lame duck session this week, its members will have to decide which issues to tackle first, and according to one Republican, that will not include a discussion of the "don't ask, don't tell" military policy.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn said the priorities should be passing a continuing resolution so the government will continue to run through January and addressing the tax cut extensions.

"I don't think there's a lot of appetite to try to jam stuff through," Cornyn said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner said he supports changing the military policy, but conceded, "Who know what's going to happen in the lame duck."

Last week Warner proposed extending the Bush-era tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans and repealing them for the top two percent of income earners. The savings, he said should be invested in businesses.

Warner said he doesn't think anyone has signed on to the plan yet, and Cornyn was ambivalent about the proposal.

"The most important thing the economy needs now is certainty," Cornyn said. "We don't need to raise taxes on anyone during a fragile economic recovery."

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  1. Kenneth Close

    Why do we keep pumping money into business without creating demand: Circa-Henry Ford?

    November 14, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    "The most important thing the economy needs now is certainty," Cornyn said. "We don't need to raise taxes on anyone during a fragile economic recovery."
    This is exactly correct and more Americans are seeing now that Republicans do have a better plan for getting the American economy back up and growing. Obama's approach has been for the government to pick winners by throwing tax dollars at the Democratic party's favorite companies and industries. Obviously that is just bordering on corrupt and a waste of precious tax dollars. The straightest path to economic recovery is to get government out of the way of private recovery and let the best companies and industries bring us back. This is what American success has always been built on.

    November 14, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Indie Woman in Denver

    Of course Senator Cornyn, like all the Repubs, wants us to extend the tax cuts for the rich... because HE's RICH! In the last decade, with the Bush tax cuts in place, they not only did NOT create jobs, they continued to off shore more & more jobs. They're all for bailing out Wall Street, but then they want to reduce or take Soc Sec, Medicare, & Medicaid away from the rest of Americans. Don't be fooled!

    November 14, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. KatR

    Democrats have presented evidence that extending tax cuts for the top 2% will add to the deficit. The GOP has presented no evidence to the contrary. Seems like common sense to me to do what benefits 98% of We the People as well as reduce the deficit. But then, not many legislators possess common sense. Where is Thomas Paine when we need him?

    November 14, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans priority #1 let's get rid of Obama and then with him out of the way we can skrew 98% of Americans and take care of our "secret campaign donors". This is no new Republican party people, they are the "ghost" of yesteryears.

    November 14, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |