Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that the Democratic Party doesn't have enough votes in the Senate to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle-class families.
"I can count," he said on CNN's "State of the Union. "We have 59 Democrats and not a single Republican in the Senate supports our position."
Democrats would need 60 votes to defeat a Republican filibuster.
Tax cuts established when President George W. Bush was in office are due to expire at the end of the year. President Barack Obama wants to extend the cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year, while allowing cuts for wealthier Americans to expire. Republicans want all of the tax cuts extended.
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