The proposal would schedule the tax cuts to expire at the end of 2012, and Jackson Lee said she would like to hear from the White House about how it will respond if Republicans press for another extension in a presidential election year. “I’d like to hear the president is going to veto this in 2012,” she said of the tax cuts for the wealthy.
Obama has called some Members to urge support for the plan, including Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who said Tuesday night that he is still leaning against supporting the plan because of the tax cuts for the wealthy and other concerns.
Obama told Cummings that he would campaign on letting the tax cuts for the wealthy expire, but Cummings said he questioned whether that was the best timing politically.
Some Members want to amend the package to extend unemployment benefits for two years, not one, to provide parity with the tax cuts, Cummings said. Others want votes to modify the estate tax provisions.
“Right now it’s a question of how much can be changed without ruining the president’s effort to get this thing passed,” Cummings said. “We’re getting a message of urgency from a lot of people.”