Democrats are aiming to push legislation extending Bush-era middle-class tax cuts ahead of midterm elections. But with Republicans and several Democrats advocating a similar extension for high-earners, too, prospects for passage before November balloting appear uncertain.
So Democrats already are planning to turn the issue into a campaign theme—by blaming Republicans if the legislation fails. The looming battle over taxes and spending is likely to be a dominant one in Washington, stretching into next year, as the government begins to address chronic budget deficits.
“The Senate will move first, and it will be a test to see whether Republicans filibuster” to block the bill in a bid to also win tax cuts for higher earners, said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, head of the House Democrats’ re-election effort.
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