Hill Hallways: Sen. Snowe Welcomes Tax Cut Agreement
December 7th, 2010
03:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Hill Hallways: Sen. Snowe Welcomes Tax Cut Agreement

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine said Tuesday the tax cut deal between President Obama and Republican leaders is an "outstanding way to move forward and welcome the bipartisanship that was evident."

When asked whether it changes the relationship between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, Snowe said, "hopefully it creates a new dynamic," adding that it could perhaps be a "template" for how to proceed on other issues.

This "demonstrated it's possible to achieve consensus" and "work across party lines," Snowe said.

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  1. Mountaineer`

    Senator Snowe is just another wealthy Republican who has allowed Mitch "The Queen" McConnell call the shots, along with crybaby Boehner. I hope the Democrats in the Senate will fillibuster this plan and allow the tax cuts to expire before they cave to the wealthycrats!

    December 7, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Ted van Tol

    Consensus! Blackmail it is!

    Barack Obama must step forward and ask what the American people want.
    And if they want to support his plan on the taxcuts, they have to come out and if needed
    walk to the White house to support him. Dont let the republicans fillibuster your future!

    I saw today Sarah Palin shooting a beautifull animale. And proud as she was!
    If America stays in bed she wil be your next President. God help us.

    Ted van Tol The Netherlands

    December 7, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This will not bring bipartisanship. This is a sure way to make sure that republicans are kicked out of office in 2012. When these tax cuts DON"T create jobs, republicans are going to have a hard time trying to explain to the people why we added 700 billion dollars to our deficit.

    December 7, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Edward Nashville, TN

    I agree with the agreement with on exception. They should not give anyone who makes a million or more a year a tax cut.

    December 7, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Peter s

    That was a brave and the right thing for the President to do!!

    December 7, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. fralene

    There was nothing bipartisan about this lousy deal. Republicans issued an ultimatum and Obama caved. This country is in a ditch that is threatening to turn into a canyon. ALL of the tax cuts shoule be allowed to expire. I voted for Obama, but I"m mighty upset that he wimped out. While I may be angry with Obama, it does not compare to the anger I feel toward the Extortionist Party.

    December 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Snowe is terrified of being primaried by a Teatard next election. She's going to suddenly tapdance to the right on everything. She's 100% useless partisan fodder at this point.

    December 7, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel


    Hardly. That is a huge spending authorization, for Obama to squander many more hundreds of billions of dollars. The ONLY justification for the GOP to accept such a deal, is to keep their own personal taxes from rising. It's a very bad deal for the country.

    December 7, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Rick in OP

    It appears that President Obama has a full-scale revolt on his hands from the Liberal Left.

    December 7, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The President said something that grabbed me all over again. He said that he was putting the needs of the American people ahead of his agenda, or nay political fight.
    It was walmost like saying: somebody has to be the adult, and take the citizens that put us here into account.
    The RethugliKKKlans have not done. They will not do that. The President will.
    He acknowledged that he would've fought, but Aemrican lives were in te balance.

    I've regrouped. I've rethought.
    I stand with my President. I will vote for him again in 2012. Proudly.

    December 7, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    All RepubliCAN'Ts will say it's a good deal. But wait until NEXT YEAR – when
    IMPEACH OBAMA for reasons UNKNOWN to the RepubliCAN’Ts – – – Health care will be President Obama’s WATERLOO – – – Obama should FAIL – – – REPEAL "EVERYTHING" – – – "President Obama is the worst President in our History" – – – "President Obama is a SOCIALIST" – – – "President Obama is a MONKEY" – – – "BIRTHERS – Sue for documentation to prove President Obama is a citizen – – – President Obama is a Muslim – – -"President Obama is a RACIST" – – – inSANNITY's continues to Rant Hate – – -BECKy's continues to Rant HATE – – – RUSHty Limbaugh continues to Rant HATE – – – ALL other HATERS who blog here will continue to Rant HATE – – – The bigots/racists will continue to be BIGOTS/RACISTS because they will NEVER accept an African American President – – – Yes, just wait until all of this SETS in again in the minds of the Right/Far Right/Tea Party maniacs and we shall see how much they LOVE President Obama and his decisions!! We shall SEE!!!

    Democrats, once again we have to SWALLOW the pill. But I don’t think the PILL is too BIG to swallow!! If we are truly concerned with our country, we will WATCH the RepubliCAN’T’s every move like watch dogs. I don't TRUST the RepubliCAN'Ts no further than I can THROW THEM!! But you know what – they are so FAR OUT THERE that it would be so OBVIOUS when they want to OBSTRUCT and/or CORRUPT whatever President Obama puts forth from now on!!! Yes, we shall see!!

    I am NOT giving up on our President and I will stick with him as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!!

    December 7, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "That is a huge spending authorization, for Obama to squander many more hundreds of billions of dollars. "

    As much as I hate that he keeps rolling over for the GOP, one thing is true: The portions that Obama fought for are the portions that are actually proven to be effective at stabilizing and stimulating the economy. I keep citing the DOL study...it was ordered to be conducted by BUSH, not Obama. CBO agreed in its own studies. TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY DO NOT CREATE JOBS OR STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. Tax cuts for the middle class are a different story since they may increase the average middle-class individual's disposable income and broaden his ability to contribute to demand. MIllionaires though? They have all the disposable income they will ever need and are spending it as they please already, so anything extra that was unearned, required no sacrifice, required no hiring, required no competitive investment and contribution to the economy...that all just goes in their pockets, into useless gambling investments and into high-end asset acquisition...the proverbial golden toilets...nonse of which spurs growth of demand and therefore the opportunity for businesses to capture more market share (i.e., the ONLY reason businesses grow and hire is when there is untapped demand, not because they suddenly have extra PROFIT for no good reason) or create the need for new jobs.

    What's really going on here? Giant businesses and Wall Street are trying to stalemate the government into giving them more massive tax cuts and bailout money by refusing to budge and refusing to hire. They have plenty of money to play with on Wall Street as it is, so they have no need to grow and hire. They can consolidate, grow and horde their already obscene wealth just fine via the financial industry.

    December 7, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The running blog on the Presidents' 2:20 pm press conference was as poorly written as my previous post, yet he made some very valid, sobering, and ADULT points.
    Believe me, I was all for drawing that line in the sand and die defending it. I was (am) sick and tired of the RethugliKKKlans acting like the domestic terrorists that they are; spoiled, recalcitrant brats, apparently allowed to get away with murder – literally-. Then here comes President Obama obviously making the TOUGH choice, for the right reasons. Appearances be damned.
    Ladies and gentlemen, like it or not, what the President did took guts. The man exuded gravitas. He took it all into account, set aside his personal biases, and once again acted for the greater good in a situation where he had wayyy more information than we ever will.
    Do I agree with his ability to squash his fighting instinc and save it for another day, a more winnable fight? No.
    Do I understand his reasoning? Yes
    Do I trust his judgment? Absolutely
    Do I stand by the only person in government that is hellbent on looking out for the citizens of this country, Barack H. Obama?

    December 7, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Marcus

    It was not bipartisanship Mrs. Snowe, not by a long shot.
    Fact – Useless tax cuts will, if the outrage from some democrats in the Senate is not big enough, be let afloat for a while more.
    Fact – They won't gonna add NOTHING to the number of employment, for the past ten years their effect was minimal (at best) no matter what FAUX NEWS and its followers has to say about it.
    Question – When it comes clear, except for die-hard Faux News believers, that the tax cuts did NOTHING for the good of the country, but at least the unemployment benefits did (even if it was just mitigate the problem not solve it), what will be said of the blackmailers that put their wallets ahead of the country? And to the MAN who said 'Fine, you have it, its yours now, live with it and don't try to deny what you did to have it'?

    December 7, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Carrotroot

    The Dems in Congress have been kicking the can down the road for 2 years about these tax cuts, and they wait till the 11-th hour to have this debate? Republicans got their way because Dems were not united on this issue.

    December 7, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Rope-a-dope !!!! message 2 years from now over and over the reps voting NO on tax cuts for JUST the less fortunate.

    In rides Obama and gives the unemployed money, the employed a tax break, and PROVES AGAIN that the tax cuts for wealthy do NOT solve the problems. Enjoy the tax cuts for two years, he's guaranteed his re-election and can THEN give the reps HELL TO PAY FOR 4 MORE YEARS. ha ha ha ha ha

    December 7, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. bj

    this is what the next two years will look like-Nothing-nothing-nothing! Obama is so Great ha!! Vote him out in 2012. Send him home and back to chicago where he can work with the black folk there.

    December 7, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    If the plan stays intact and the tax cuts are extended for everyone and something is done to rein in the ridiculus healthcare bill, then small businesses may finally see light at the end of the tunnel and begin to plan on expansion and hiring more employees. The uncertainty of the past 2 years with the President's anti business attitude, has delayed hiring and the recovery.

    December 7, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |