GOP’s Pence: Voters to Pressure Democrats on Tax Cuts

Reported in the The Des Moines Register

Indiana Congressman Mike Pence said he thinks voters will pressure U.S. House Democrats to reconvene in Washington, D.C., before the Nov. 2 election to vote on whether to extend the tax cuts.

“I have this sneaking suspicion that we might be back in session before Election Day,” Pence, the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, said in a Des Moines Register interview on the eve of a scheduled speech today in Des Moines.

“Members are getting off of airplanes now to shake hands, and people are saying, ‘What are you doing here? Get back to Washington,’ ” he added.

Majority Democrats adjourned for the fall recess on Wednesday without voting on the cuts, enacted in 2001 under President George W. Bush and set to expire Jan. 1.

Congressman Mike Pence, R-IN

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she would bring the House back after the election for a lame duck session to act on the tax cuts.

“It seemed to me to be a moment where they decided to save their jobs and not the jobs of millions of Americans,” Pence said.

For the full article see DMR.

Taxpayers, here’s the question: Is it better for the Republicans to return to DC and pass the extension, with the Democrats in control (with a likely compromise)? Or to wait until they have retaken control of Congress and can pass the tax breaks in perpetuity, without compromise?

Aside: Is Mike Pence not looking like one of the front runners to become President in 2012?

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