Quite a contrast between the House and the Senate, eh? I hope Pelosi pulls this off, because the Senate really looked like a lot of quivering cowards for punting on the tax cuts:
WASHINGTON — The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said Friday that Democrats in her chamber may still force a vote next week on the expiring Bush-era tax cuts, even though their counterparts in the Senate have decided not to bring the issue to the floor until after the November elections.
A decision to force such a vote would put a wham-bang finish on the brief fall Congressional session, and test the resolve of the House Republican leader, John A. Boehner of Ohio, who has said he would support a bill to extend only some of the tax cuts if Democrats gave him no other choice.
President Obama and Democratic leaders would like to make the lower Bush-era tax rates permanent for couples earning up to $250,000 a year and individuals earning up to $200,000, but allow the tax breaks to expire on income above those amounts for wealthier Americans. Republicans, including Mr. Boehner, and also some Democrats, have said that the lower rates should be extended for everyone, at least temporarily.
Some Democrats expressed surprise that Ms. Pelosi was still contemplating a vote after the Senate decided on Thursday to postpone action.
But Democrats who are lobbying for a vote say it could draw a stark contrast between the two parties by highlighting the potential willingness of Republicans to block tax relief for most Americans while insisting tax breaks for the rich.
“We will retain the right to proceed as we choose and would take it one day at a time,” Ms. Pelosi said at a news conference at the Capitol. “But let me be very clear, as we have all been clear in the House Democratic leadership. America’s middle class will have a tax cut. It will be done in this Congress. There is no question about that.”