But on a policy basis, they said, were opposed to paying for temporary tax cuts with permanent tax increases, said this lobbyist. Grassley said that from a policy perspective that doesnt make sense. ... They do not believe there should be pay-fors for these tax extenders.
This lobbyist added that he came out of the meeting feeling that it was very clear that there was no doubt the Republican Senators want to move and put the tax extenders into law as soon as possible. But they arent going to do it by sacrificing their policy principles.
Jay Heflin of CongressNow contributed to this report.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.