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Democrats Consider Vote To Extend Bush Tax Cuts

WASHINGTON - Democrats in the Senate are considering allowing a vote on extending all of the Bush tax cuts in an effort to win Republican support to extend only the middle-class rates, leadership aides said on Wednesday. Multiple polling memos are circulating on the Hill in an effort to persuade skeptical Democrats facing close races that extending the cuts for the middle class, while allowing rates to rise on the wealthy, is a political winner.

Democrats are concerned that by holding merely a vote on extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less, conservative Democrats and Republicans would say they opposed the extension because it would raise taxes during rough economic times. But by allowing a vote on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) plan to extend all the tax cuts, moderate Republicans and Democrats would be given cover. They could tell constituents they voted to extend all of the tax cuts, but the effort failed. The only choice left was to extend the middle-class tax cuts or let them all expire.

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