Reid Again Calls on House to Pass Obama Tax Bill

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
President Barack Obama

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks to reporters following the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's top Democratic ally in the Senate is calling for the House to vote on the president's plan to raise top tax rates on households making more than $250,000 a year.

Majority Leader Harry Reid said "we know it would pass." He urged House Speaker John Boehner to return to the negotiating table with Obama.

Reid's remarks came the day after House Republicans failed to pass a "Plan B" measure to raise taxes on million-dollar-plus incomes.

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell countered with an offer to vote on prior House legislation extending all Bush-era tax rates.

McConnell said that if Democrats have a plan that can win a filibuster-proof 60 votes in the Senate then "let's vote."


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