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Liberals prod Obama to show some muscle in tax-cut battle
Mr. Green and other activists are pushing Democrats - who will still control the House until the next Congress is sworn in early next year - to schedule just one vote on extending the tax cuts for the middle class, thereby pressuring Republicans to vote “no” in protest.
But it’s unclear whether Democratic leaders have the votes for such a move, given that more than three dozen Democrats in both chambers have come out in favor of extending all of the tax cuts. Many conservative Democrats lost their seats to Republicans in the election wave, which might bode well for the party’s liberal wing in policy fights.
As they prepare to turn over control of the House, Democrats could learn a thing or two from Republicans, Mr. Green said.
“Even when they were in the minority in the last two years, they knew how to negotiate. They knew how to exert leverage,” he said of the GOP.
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About the Author
Kara Rowland, White House reporter for The Washington Times, is a D.C.-area native. She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she studied American government and spent nearly all her waking hours working as managing editor of the Cavalier Daily, UVa.’s student newspaper.
Her interest in political reporting was piqued by an internship at Roll Call the summer before her ...
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