White House and union leaders reach deal on the excise tax
Or so says the Associated Press. There are no details yet, but it's apparently the product of "more than 15 hours of negotiating at the White House, ending after midnight. Participants included AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Andy Stern, head of Service Employees International Union; Anna Burger, head of Change to Win, and the leaders of unions representing teachers, government workers, food and commercial workers and electricians. Obama's deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, was the lead White House bargainer, although Vice President Joe Biden also was involved periodically."
Obama is supposed to head over to the House later today, and it's probably fair to assume the point of that visit is to sell members on this compromise and clear the way for a final compromise on the bill. Early reporting is that the deal exempts union plans for a couple of years and raises the threshold for the tax, but we'll see.
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January 14, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
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