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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Ore.'s Greg Walden: Dems' push for tax-cut vote before White House bipartisan summit is 'ironic'

By Felicia Sonmez

The chairman of the House Republicans' transition team on Tuesday expressed frustration at Democrats' efforts to force a vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts, when the White House has convened a bipartisan meeting today to try for common ground on the issue.

Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.) made the remarks after a morning meeting of the House Republican leadership team and shortly before President Obama was to kick off an hour-long summit with top congressional leaders from both parties.

"First of all, isn't it ironic that the president has invited the Republican leaders of the House and Senate down to the White House to have a discussion about tax policy, where they may find common ground, but at the same time, we hear from Mr. Van Hollen that they already planned to put a measure on the suspension calendar this week?" Walden asked, referring to Rep. Chris Van Hollen's (D-Md.) statement Monday night that a vote on the measure is slated to take place this week.

"Who's speaking for whom here?" Walden added.

He went on to note that the measure is almost certain to fail because if the vote is held under suspension rules, it would require a two-thirds majority to pass and would not allow Republicans to offer any amendments.

Democratic leaders see a possible vote on the tax cuts this week as an opportunity to draw a clear line between themselves and Republicans, who favor an extension of the cuts for all income levels. House Democratic leaders support an extension of the cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year.

By Felicia Sonmez  | November 30, 2010; 11:48 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags:  Chris Van Hollen, Democratic, Government, Greg Walden, Leadership, Republican Party (United States), United States, White House  
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Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Does this include the greater than 250 crowd?

Posted by: try2livwl | November 30, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

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Note to Dems: Go to the Freakin' Mattresses on this!


Take a vote. Take several votes. Embarass the GOPers for their undying love for the wealthy oligarchy.


The Dems want a tax cut for everyone, and the GOP wants an additional tax cut just for the multi zillionaires making more than 250k a year.


It needs to be repeated over and over again - the GOP is for tax cuts for the richest Americans.


The GOPer's are building on their "love the rich, screw everyone else" brand in which only the dumbest people in America (Teabaggers) actually voted for.

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Posted by: DrainYou | November 30, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

jlarranaga wrote: STOP THE CLASS WARFARE GARBAGE!!! TIME TO GET A NEW ARGUMENT THAT ISN'T BASED ON THE ROBIN HOOD THEORY OF LIFE!!!!

This is not a romanticized class warfare issue. The reality is that too much wealth in the hands of too few can place the well-being of the economy in the hands of an unelected few who figure they can always sell one of their seven mansions if they run a bit short. How do they make their money? In many instances by gambling with your money and mine, although they call it investing. Left to their own devices, they end up trashing the economy as they have done in the last couple of years in this country. Historically, people have been very reluctant to let this sort of thing go on.

Suppose you explain to me why anyone would want to make, just to name a round number, $24,000,000 a year. How would one use it? And just what would one have to do to justify an income like that without in some way risking harm to someone else.

Posted by: amstphd | November 30, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I just cannot understand it. The Republicans should be rejoyicing. Government is in a crisis, and will have to be downsized. Isn't this what have wanted since Reagan? Oh, it is so sad to have to still put up a fight when you just won.

To those of you who think this is a walfare state, where have you been? Once social security and all medical services are privitized will you be able to pay for everything on your own with no subsisdy from either government or your employer?
the same with educaiton. If you can or will, then you must be making more than 90% of most Americans. My suggestion to you is move to Thailand or some other third world country so you can really enjoy your tax free wealth.

Posted by: cjculver2003 | November 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I just cannot understand it. The Republicans should be rejoyicing. Government is in a crisis, and will have to be downsized. Isn't this what have wanted since Reagan? Oh, it is so sad to have to still put up a fight when you just won.

To those of you who think this is a walfare state, where have you been? Once social security and all medical services are privitized will you be able to pay for everything on your own with no subsisdy from either government or your employer?
the same with educaiton. If you can or will, then you must be making more than 90% of most Americans. My suggestion to you is move to Thailand or some other third world country so you can really enjoy your tax free wealth.

Posted by: cjculver2003 | November 30, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

They had a chance for an earlier meeting and they stiffed President Obama.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | November 30, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

1.) Do NOT extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the top earners,
2.) Cut the US military budget by 15% across the board, (except for "active" military service men/woman's pay),
3.) Eliminate the cap on S.S. taxes,
4.) Military (non-fighting), including retired, should have their insurance premiums brought up to what we in the civilian workforce pay,
5.) Cut down on tax exemptions for multi-national corporations,
5.) 18% cut in pay for all Congress/Senate personal, AND a freeze on their very cushy retirement auto-increases for ten (10) years.

Posted by: donbsea1 | November 30, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

1.) Do NOT extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the top earners,
2.) Cut the US military budget by 15% across the board, (except for "active" military service men/woman's pay),
3.) Eliminate the cap on S.S. taxes,
4.) Military (non-fighting), including retired, should have their insurance premiums brought up to what we in the civilian workforce pay,
5.) Cut down on tax exemptions for multi-national corporations,
5.) 18% cut in pay for all Congress/Senate personal, AND a freeze on their very cushy retirement auto-increases for ten (10) years.

Posted by: donbsea1 | November 30, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

1.) Do NOT extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the top earners,
2.) cut the US military budget by 15% across the board, (except for "active" military service men/woman's pay),
3.) Eliminate the cap on SS taxes,
4.) Military (non-fighting), including retired, should have their insurance premiums brought up to what we in the civilian workforce pay,
5.) Cut down on tax exemptions for multi-national corporations,
5.) 18% cut in pay for all Congress/Senate personal, freeze on their very cushy retirement auto-increases for ten (10) years.

Posted by: donbsea1 | November 30, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

1.) Do NOT extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the top earners,
2.) cut the US military budget by 15% across the board, (except for "active" military service men/woman's pay),
3.) Eliminate the cap on SS taxes,
4.) Military (non-fighting), including retired, should have their insurance premiums brought up to what we in the civilian workforce pay,
5.) Cut down on tax exemptions for multi-national corporations,
5.) 18% cut in pay for all Congress/Senate personal, freeze on their very cushy retirement auto-increases for ten (10) years.

Posted by: donbsea1 | November 30, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Posturing. As I recall, they've been too busy to show up and now they complain because someone put something on the agenda. Let them be do nothings and let them expire. That's a pretty good compromise in and of itself.

Posted by: SarahBB | November 30, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Republicans had rejected the President's original invitation and had arranged their own schedule. How can a news reporter miss such a salient fact in writing this article? Our media is not very good.

Posted by: tm13 | November 30, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I've got news for you, too, DrainYou, you're exactly the type of creep the people voted against on November 2. You want class warfare? Well, you're not going to get it. Americans aren't going to be punished by people like you for making as much money as they can. You just want handouts. You just want welfare. You just want food stamps. Well, we don't want you unless you're willing to work for EVERYTHING you get!

Posted by: georges2 | November 30, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

It's worth a reminder here that when Republicans vote against this middle-class tax cut, they'll be voting against a tax cut that goes to every single taxpayer in America.


The only difference between the Republican proposal and the Democratic plan is that Republicans want to tack on an extra tax cut on income over $250,000 -- a tax cut that would go exclusively to the Wealthiest Americans and would add $700 billion to our National Debt. It's no wonder Republicans don't want to have to vote on a middle-class tax cut only.


I've got news for the extremist Republican party:


Now that you have some actual power again (the House) you won't be able to get away with spending all of your time throwing verbal bombs at the Dems, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail circuit at night every day. You either CREATE JOBS or you will be gone in 2012 so fast that your heads will spin.


Chop chop Repugs, you've got two years. Time's a wastin'!

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Posted by: DrainYou | November 30, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

It seems apparent to me that the voters disagree strongly with your statement based on the election results. Perhaps the policies and the previous Congress and the current President are so far outside of the mainstream that the voters said no more and voted grownups instead of dreamers into power in Congress.

Posted by: sales7 ____________________________
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Seems like another sales job by you. My state elected a Democrat for all major offices and two years ago elected a democratic president by a very large margin. So it just is a matter of which voter you listen to!!!

Posted by: SanchosR | November 30, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Frustration is putting the same corrupt republicans in charge after they proved beyond any reasonable doubt that they want America and the current president to fail

Posted by: SanchosR | November 30, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

It seems apparent to me that the voters disagree strongly with your statement based on the election results. Perhaps the policies and the previous Congress and the current President are so far outside of the mainstream that the voters said no more and voted grownups instead of dreamers into power in Congress.

Posted by: sales7 | November 30, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

C'mon congress. Grow up.

It's clear that high wage earners can afford to pay their taxes. Please let them pay their share already.

Posted by: Benson | November 30, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Bring the Tax Cut Bill to the floor under exactly the terms indicated by the Obama administration. Exclude all those making more than $200,000 and $250,000 respectively as stated in the proposal.

The American voting public needs to witness first hand, just what it is that the Republicans they elected represent.

Will it be the middle class majority of Americans or will they insist on adding additional "debt" on top of the 14.3 trillion dollars owed today?

What's another trillion dollars strapped on the backs of the youth of America for the benefit of the wealthy?

Posted by: motiv8ed | November 30, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

STOP THE CLASS WARFARE GARBAGE!!! TIME TO GET A NEW ARGUMENT THAT ISN'T BASED ON THE ROBIN HOOD THEORY OF LIFE!!!!

Posted by: jlarranaga | November 30, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

More whining from the GOP. Their definition of compromise is "do it our way". This President doesn't owe the GOP a thing.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 30, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Walden, why don't you go home and cry yourself to sleep! What's really frustrating is seeing the party get back in power that put the country in this mess to begin with and have no new solutions to get us out of it. The Repubs are the ones who have shown themselves to be uncompromising, especially when it comes to protecting corporations and rich people instead of middle Americans -- and I hope it comes back to bite you all in your behinds. Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | November 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse


I am so, so tired of minor-league hacks and GOP / T Party lapdogs spreading misinformation and outright lies just because they are half-conscious, self-delusional shills for the wealthiest of the wealthy.
How boring these guys are !!!

Posted by: StevenK3 | November 30, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

nyskinsdiehard and Dwight Collins

YOU...ARE...LIKE...SCHOOL...IN...THE...SUMMER

NO CLASS.

How about making an argument instead of name calling? Unfortunately this behavior is typical of many on the left and right. When you don't agree with someone--- tell everyone how dumb they are and let the name calling begin.

Posted by: jlarranaga | November 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Cry babies, cry babies. What goes around
Obstructionists, comes around.

It is your turn to take the real heat,
and the NO from Democrats is very well
justified.

Republicans are a party of nut jobs!

Posted by: Sirius2 | November 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Dwight...Collins...you are...an...idiot.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | November 30, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please explain to me what is fair about a PROGRESSIVE income tax? Why are people that earn 30K a year mandated to pay more taxes (as a percentage) than someone who makes 20k a year??

If you look at numbers like this you reaize how patently UNFAIR our tax system is; we need to eliminate the progressive income tax. People should not be penalized for succeeding in life...

STOP THE CLASS WARFARE GARBAGE!!! TIME TO GET A NEW ARGUMENT THAT ISN'T BASED ON THE ROBIN HOOD THEORY OF LIFE!!!!

Posted by: jlarranaga | November 30, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"Surely the Republicans expect to get back the same cooperation that they gave.
Don't they?
Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | November 30, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse "

the fool who wrote this is so wrong...
this is the obama administration...
it's on him come 2012 to have produced jobs if he wants to get reelected...
if they don't work with whats produced in the house...
they have to answer to the voters, Republicans just have to pass bills to help our economy and citizens...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Surely the Republicans expect to get back the same cooperation that they gave.

Don't they?

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | November 30, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What a crybaby! Did Walden REALLY expect the House to defer action on the bill yet again just to please the GOP? All that would have done is given Republicans yet another incentive to run out the clock until they're back in charge--God help us!

Some of us still remember how the GOP ran things (into the ground) while it controlled the House from 1995 to 2007. I fear we're in for a repeat performance...

Posted by: DCSteve1 | November 30, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Walden and his republican cronies don't understand yet that the business of the government is to govern and that not every measure passed will not be to everyone's liking.
This bill is necessary for the economic well-being of the country. It needs to be voted on this week, and using the suspension calendar to make that happen is completely legitimate.

Posted by: jlhare1 | November 30, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

So the GOP is going to vote against a tax cut for the bottom 97% and he calls that a failure to compromise? I guess it would be the same complaint from the Democrats if the GOP pushed for what it wants, a tax cut for the the top 3%. Oh well, we'll see how they deal with the minority when they are in control of Congress.

Posted by: ThomasFiore | November 30, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Frustration is putting the same corrupt republicans in charge after they proved beyond any reasonable doubt that they want America and the current president to fail

Posted by: SanchosR | November 30, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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