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Posted at 4:50 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Steny Hoyer says House will split the Bush tax cuts

By Ezra Klein

Greg Sargent has the news:

Steny Hoyer, the number two in the House Dem leadership, told Democrats at a caucus meeting this morning that they would get to vote this year on just extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, a senior Dem aide tells me, signaling support for a confrontational move towards the GOP that liberals have been pushing.

I'm actually more interested in them tying the vote to an extension of unemployment insurance and a vote on the debt ceiling, but this is a start.

By Ezra Klein  | November 18, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
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Baby steps, Ezra!

I didn't even think the Dems would get this far, I thought they would immediately capitulate on everything.

I'm looking forward to seeing GOP members vote against middle class tax cuts. If they do, and the Dems don't hit them hard for it over and over again, they will miss a huge opportunity.

Posted by: will12 | November 18, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that the Senate GOP can always filibuster the whole thing while announcing that the first order of business of the 2011 Congress will be to pass a bill to retroactively extending all the Bush tax cuts starting from January 1, 2011 (& repeal the 1099 provision of the Health Care law).

If the GOP has stuck together on these sorts of issues up until now, I really don't see how massive mid-term gains in Congress will cause them to cave at this point.

Posted by: jnc4p | November 18, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with Ezra here. Just keeping the bill clean is better. If you attach stuff to it, Snowe, Collins, and Brown will pout that the bill is some kind of procedural scam. And you need those folks' vote -- it's not apparent as it is that they will vote for the bill if the tax cuts for the wealthy are not included.

Furthermore, even if the bill fails, the upshot is to get Republicans on record opposing tax cuts for the middle class. If you attach "spending" and "debt" to the bill, they'll just claim they were actually just opposing that, not the tax cuts.

Posted by: vvf2 | November 18, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Can we please stop referring to the Democrats as "Dems". And if you persist, at least call the Republicans the "Pubs". Thanks.

Posted by: MaureenD1 | November 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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