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House Republicans: Tax Cuts For Everybody -- Or No Tax Cuts For Anybody

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Walden and Hensarling were joined by incoming Republican Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA), Reps. Tom Price (R-GA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). All said that every Bush tax cut needed to be extended, not just those on the middle class.

Hensarling said that "uncertainty" about the cuts weeks before they all expire Jan. 1 has stifled economic growth and "led to unemployment." He called on Democrats to move to extend all the cuts quickly.

"In a lame duck session, a lame duck congress should not turn our economy into a dead duck economy," he said.

Asked by a reporter if Republicans were "willing to vote against tax cuts for the middle class" in order to continue pushing for the extension of all the cuts, Walden demurred, attacking the Democrats for promising to bring middle class-only cuts to the floor but not saying how he or other Republicans might vote.

Last night, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) told reporters that Democrats plan to bring their tax cut bill to the floor "this week."