House Democrats on Thursday passed a bill making middle-class tax cuts permanent as Republicans accused them of playing political games at a sensitive time.
The bill passed 234-188 but stands no chance in the Senate. But House Democrats, who want to let the cuts expire for the wealthy, wanted to publicly stake out their position before compromising on extending the tax cuts for everyone.
Republicans immediately cast the vote as a tax hike on small businesses and families earning over $250,000.
"During these difficult economic times, raising taxes on any American family or small business will not help our economy recover nor foster the private-sector job growth needed to achieve economic recovery," Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., said in a written statement. "The only thing that Democrats have accomplished by today's vote is yet more uncertainty for our nation's job creators."
House Republican Leader John Boehner described the Democratic maneuvering as "chicken crap." With a panel of administration officials and bipartisan members of Congress in the midst of negotiations to work out a deal averting the looming expiration of the Bush tax cuts, Boehner argued that Thursday's vote is not helpful.
I would say this is much worse than chicken crap, but we will go with that for now. As of today, the AMT has also not been fixed which will hit over 27 million American working families at a time when our congress says paying people not to work is the best way to get our economy moving forward. Our current government is clearly not our friend.
I do not care what our politicians think. The money I earn, is mine and my families. It is not meant for those trying to ride my back for their own good. God Bless Freedom as that and capitalism is the answer to the human condition.