Democrats Promise a Tax-Cut Vote—After the Elections

Taxes will rise unless Congress acts in a lame-duck session after elections.

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Over the weekend, Hoyer tried to push back against this message, calling the possible 2011 tax hikes a "Republican increase in middle-income taxes" since the expiration of the tax cuts was part of the original legislation passed in 2001 and 2003 by a Republican majority in Congress. The legislation was written that way in order to appear to hold down the long-term costs of the tax cuts in the so-called "out years" of budget forecasts.

Hoyer also said that Democrats can "guarantee" passage of a middle-class tax extension during the lame duck session.

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