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Democrats delay vote on extending Bush tax cuts

Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, on the upcoming vote on the Defense Authorization bill. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, on the upcoming vote on the Defense Authorization bill. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
By Stephen Ohlemacher
Associated Press Writer / September 23, 2010

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WASHINGTON—Senate Democratic leaders have decided to delay a vote on President Barack Obama's call to preserve middle class tax cuts until after congressional elections in November.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that the Senate will return in November and work to extend the tax cuts for middle-income taxpayers.

Enacted in 2001 and 2003 under President George W. Bush, they were the most sweeping tax cuts in a generation. If Congress takes no action taxpayers at every income level face significant tax increases next year.

Republicans want to extend all the tax cuts. Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress want to extend them for individuals making more than $200,000 and married couples making more than $250,000.

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