Senator Scott Brown:
"Senator Brown is always opposed to tax increases, especially during a recession. Tax increases will kill jobs and hurt the chances for an economic recovery," spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said, adding that she would not comment on his willingness to compromise saying any such scenario was hypothetical at this point.
Senator John Kerry:
"It's just plain wrong that there's lockstep obstruction proposing to hold middle class tax cuts hostage. I voted against the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy in 2001, proposed rolling them back in 2004, and oppose extending
them today. I am focused on one thing and that is urging my colleagues to extend the middle class tax cuts rather than piling on to the deficit for a blanket extension for the wealthy that doesn't create jobs."
Representative Michael Capuano:
"I'm always open to compromise, but it depends what it is. I've always thought, in this economy, the concept of extending them (the tax cuts) for working people is a good concept. Exactly where the (income) line is is open for debate. If the compromise is extend them for everybody, I would vote no. I think the country cannot afford to do it."
Representative William Delahunt:
"I actually concur with the president in terms of the middle-class tax cut. When Bill Clinton came to office to right the ship of state and the economy, it required spending cuts, carefully designed spending cuts, and some increases. It's clear that the middle class and even the upper class to some degree cannot afford the elimiination of the tax cuts. I'm open to compromise on it. I could see increasing it (the income threshhold) to maybe $300,000, but I think we've got to get our fiscal house in order. You can't go forward without attempting to balance the budget and it cannot be on the backs of those who cannot afford it."
Representative Barney Frank
"Keep the tax reductions (formiddle-income taxpayers) in place. In 2001 (when the cuts were first passed), the Democrats were for some tax reduction, just not as much as Bush wanted. I continue to hold that position."
Representative Jim McGovern
"I support continuing the tax cuts for middle class families. I also support returning the tax rates of the wealthiest Americans to where they were during the Clinton years, when the wealthy did very very well. I would be happy to listen to any ideas that my Republican friends have that won't explode the deficit and which would actually help create jobs — like tax credits for small businesses and incentives for manufacturing."
Representative Stephen Lynch
"The congressman supports the president's plan. There is some indication that the Republicans also support that so he doesn't see any need to compromise." -- spokeswoman Meaghan Maher
Representative Edward Markey:
A Markey spokesman said the congressman supports the president's plan but declined to say if he is willing to compromise, saying he does not want to comment on hypothetical situations. No measure has actually come before him yet.
Representative Richard Neal:
"My hunch is that we want to keep the bill moving forward. If there's a compromise that we can live with, that protects the middle class, I'm open to it. Forty-one votes, it looks to me, are going to be pretty tough to get by... I doubt very much that anyone's going to let these expire."
Representative John Olver
"President Bush and congressional Republicans did not make this full set of tax cuts permanent at its enactment because the cost of doing so was far too high. The analysis has not changed. I support the President's focus on continuing relief for the middle class, as long as it's part of a responsible budget and economic plan."
Representative John Tierney
"As part of his ongoing work to improve our economy and provide relief to those who need it, Congressman Tierney continues to support tax cuts for middle class families. He also believes the tax cuts for the top three percent of wage earners should be allowed to expire after 2010 as planned. An extension of these cuts would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the $11.5 trillion in debt left by the Bush Administration." -- spokeswoman Kathryn Prael.
Representative Niki Tsongas
"I favor extending tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 and nearly all small businesses. Extending tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans would grow the national deficit by another $700 billion and I don't support putting tax breaks for the highest income earners ahead of starting to bring down the deficit. Furthermore, I hear over and over again that businesses need certainty in the tax code, not short-term extensions that leave them guessing from year to year. That's why I support permanently returning to the tax rates of the 1990s for the wealthiest Americans, rates which encouraged responsible economic growth at a time when our nation enjoyed record surpluses. It's also why I support making critical business tax incentives like the research and development credit permanent."