Lawmakers negotiate tax cuts as House plans vote

By Stephen Ohlemacher

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 1 2010 2:37 p.m. MST

The strategy would further doom already dismal prospects for Democratic attempts to end the Pentagon's practice of discharging openly gay members of the military service and give legal status to young illegal immigrants who join the military or attend college.

Republicans have little incentive to make major concessions in December, considering their power on Capitol Hill will greatly increase in January. Democrats still control both chambers until the end of the year, but they need Republican votes in the Senate to pass a tax bill.

"Congress should vote immediately to cut spending and stop all the tax hikes," Boehner said. "If the lame-duck Congress is unwilling to cut spending and permanently stop all the tax hikes, the new House majority will act in January."

Associated Press writers Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Jim Kuhnhenn and Julie Pace contributed to this report.

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