Tax Debate Swamps Congress

Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 9:39am

President Obama continues to wrestle with his own party over compromise plan.

Critics of the president's tax cut compromise with Republicans want to talk it to death.

House Democrats have grounded the deal, and now Senate Democrats are piling on.

"We've got to talk the the president, call the president, write the president to say
'No deal!' and this has got to be something very different than it is right now," Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown told colleagues Friday.

With the holidays and the end of the lame duck Congress approaching critics are convinced they can pressure the GOP into a better deal than the president did.

The White House is doing its best to sell the deal as a Democratic win by highlighting
middle-class tax cuts, jobless benefits and increased take-home pay.

The price: The president tells npr he had to give in to Republican demands to help the wealthy, too.

"The problem is, is that this is the single issue that the Republicans are willing to scotch the entire deal for," Mr. Obama said.

Meanwhile, the president had a private sit-down friday with former President Clinton, who knows what it's like to lose the majority and take fire from his own troops.

If Democrats can get a better deal with Republicans, the White House says it's happy to jump aboard.

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