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Democratic leader: Permanent middle class tax cuts ‘too costly’

WASHINGTON—House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says Congress should seriously consider only temporarily extending middle class tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year because making them permanent would add too much to the national debt. President Barack Obama is proposing to permanently extend them for individuals making…

Chastised Boehner claims he ‘said from beginning’ he wants BP to pay for spill

House Minority Leader John Boehner has found himself on the defensive after a comment last week that suggested he wanted taxpayers to pick up at least some of the tab for BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. During an appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday, the top Republican…

US lawmakers won’t give Washington voting rights in 2010

WASHINGTON — The US Congress has given up plans to take up legislation this year to give the US capital a member of Congress with full voting rights amid a dispute over gun laws, a top lawmaker said Tuesday. “I am profoundly disappointed that we will not be considering legislation…

Dem leader: GOP acting like kids who killed their parents

Democratic leader notes GOP Whip Cantor backed use of ‘deem and pass’ measure in past House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) paraphrased an old definition of the Yiddish term “chutzpah” to offer a stinging rebuke to Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Wednesday. In characterizing Republican objections to the Democrats’…

Congressional Democrats call ‘time-out’ on Obama’s health reforms

Democrats retreated Tuesday from a quick push to pass President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, lacking a workable strategy to salvage the sweeping legislation that has consumed Congress for more than a year. “There is no rush,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after a meeting of Senate Democrats.…

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