Senate Republicans are demanding the extension of President Bush’s signature tax cuts before they cooperate on hemming in another tax that they contend affects mostly “blue state” voters living along the coasts.The Republican obstructionism is at work again.
At issue is the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), which will hit an additional 20 million taxpayers next April unless Congress takes action. The problem for Democrats is that they will need Republican support to shield people from the tax, and Republicans are signaling they will have to pay a price.
But the strategy is risky because Congress must act quickly if it wants to shield people from the creeping tax and also avoid mass delays of taxpayer refunds by the IRS. By demanding extensions of controversial tax cuts, the Republicans could be blamed for standing in the way of tax relief.At the rate they are going, Grover Norquist is going to start voting Democratic. Imagine refusing to cut a tax that everyone acknowledges to be abusive! I think Republicans badly mistake the sentiments of their own anti-tax wing if they think this will win them votes in red states.
Democrats jumped on this point on Tuesday. "If the Republicans want to hold up tax relief for 19 million Americans in order to help people who don’t need the relief, that’s their choice," Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told The Hill.
Read the complete story, "Senate GOP puts price on a blue-state tax cut," at The Hill.