Pelosi, Hoyer Split over Tax Vote

Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 09:57 AM

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Democrats are not only fighting Republicans over the issue of extending Bush era tax cuts, they’re also squabbling among themselves. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., are divided about whether to hold a vote on extending the tax cuts before November’s elections, The Hill reports .

pelosi, hoyer, tax, cutsBoth favor extending the cuts only to people with annual income of less than $200,000, but Pelosi wants a vote before the election, while Hoyer wants the House to wait for the Senate to vote first, Democratic aides, told The Hill.

The dispute is a microcosm of a broader debate among Democrats. Moderates want to wait until after the election, with some favoring a temporary extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans too. But liberals want to act on the issue now, hoping to present an accomplishment to voters during the election campaign.





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