“The Republicans have refused to allow taxes to be raised on those on the highest levels, they’ve had to concede that point, and middle-class families have been protected, but the deficit is still a problem that needs to be addressed,” Landrieu said.
“The money is not being spent; it’s being given back to middle-class families in the form of tax relief,” the Louisiana Democrat said.
Many aides to other in-cycle Democrats approached for this story did not want to comment publicly on a deal not yet done. But it’s clear the White House and Senate leaders, who seemed resigned to a package of this scope, have some selling to do.
“The White House needs to do a sales pitch,” one Senate source said.
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