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Democrats Declare Checkmate In ‘Cliff’ Debate
17 Dec 2012

Democrats Declare Checkmate In ‘Cliff’ Debate

Democrats look at the political landscape and see a win whether a deal gets cut now or after the country goes over the fiscal cliff. In the worst-case scenario, they say, the House will approve legislation the Senate passed in July extending Bush-era tax cuts for everyone but the rich, an idea that Republican House Speaker John Boehner has flatly rejected. If Boehner refuses to pass the Senate bill before the end of the year, Democrats say their hand only gets stronger in the New Year, when the Senate will have 55 Democrats and at least five Republicans who have signaled they could vote to extend the middle-class tax cuts.

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