WASHINGTON — Republicans are feeling empowered in their fight to extend tax cuts that expire in January, including those for the wealthy.

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President Barack Obama wants to compromise to continue cuts for middle-income families. He may be open to keeping all the tax breaks for a year or two.

Fresh off big victories on Election Day, some key GOP lawmakers want more.

New Hampshire's Republican Senator Judd Gregg says the cuts "should be permanent."

House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner says permanent cuts "will reduce the uncertainty in America and help small businesses to create jobs again."

Democrats have House and Senate majorities for the lame-duck Congress starting this week. They need Republican support to get 60 Senate votes to pass a tax bill.