House Dems To Biden: ‘One Year Of Unemployment Benefits For Two Years Of Tax Breaks For The Rich?’

Democrats in the House of Representatives complained to Vice President Joe Biden for two hours Wednesday evening about the White House’s deal with Republicans to preserve expiring tax cuts in exchange for extended jobless aid and a payroll t…

Democrats in the House of Representatives complained to Vice President Joe Biden for two hours Wednesday evening about the White House’s deal with Republicans to preserve expiring tax cuts in exchange for extended jobless aid and a payroll tax holiday.

“One year of unemployment benefits for two years of tax breaks for the rich? What kind of deal is that?” said Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), describing the gripes of “plenty of people” during a meeting between Biden and House Democrats.

The White House struck the deal with congressional Republicans on Monday to preserve Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs for 13 months in exchange for a two-year extension of tax cuts for people earning more than $200,000 a year.

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