Tax-cuts vote unlikely until after elections
Democrats punt hot-button issue to lame-duck session
By Stephen Dinan
“Democrats said Sunday they will put off until after the elections a vote on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts, leaving most taxpayers in limbo for months as to whether they’ll face tax increases at the beginning of next year.
“One key lawmaker floated a compromise, but for now a top Senate Democrat said support is not sufficient to extend only the lower-income tax cuts in the face of Republicans and Democrats who want to see all the tax cuts kept in place. And a top House Democrat said with no action from the Senate, there’s no reason for the House to take the vote now.”