Democrats: Fine, We'll Pass Your Crummy Tax Deal

Bill to see vote this week, says House majority leader
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2010 1:06 PM CST
FILE - In this April 14, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, second from left, and other Congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White...   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – Democrats haven't stopped complaining about President Obama’s tax cut deal—one House member even called it Obama's "Gettysburg"—but it looks like they’ll pass it anyway, Time reports. “We're not going to hold this thing up at the end of the day,” said Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee. Steny Hoyer, meanwhile, told Politico that, "we will pass a bill, as opposed to not passing anything."

Hoyer last week slammed tax cuts for the rich as “ransom,” but today said “action is necessary and compromise inevitable." Some House lawmakers were likely won over by the green energy provisions the Senate added to the deal. But even some environment-friendly lawmakers are still railing against the bill; Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont called it "grossly unfair" and said that adding "Christmas tree ornaments" like the energy provision "erodes support and feeds public cynicism."

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