Gallup: Tax Hikes Not a Priority For Most Voters
Both the House and the Senate will reconvene at 2 PM today. The House is not expected to remain in session and will reconvene tomorrow. However, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of S. 3414, the cybersecurity bill. At 4:30 PM, the Senate will take up the nomination of Robert Bacharach to be United States Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit. After an hour of debate, the Senate will vote on cloture on the nomination. If cloture is invoked, the Senate will consider the nomination and then return to the cyber security bill. If cloture is not invoked, the motion to proceed to the cybersecurity bill will be agreed to and the Senate will begin considering the bill.
A new Gallup poll today shows that despite President Obama’s push to raise taxes, it’s not a high priority for Americans. In fact, Gallup writes, “Americans assign much less importance to increasing taxes on wealthy Americans and dealing with environmental concerns. . . . Although there is a large difference in the relative importance of dealing with environmental concerns and increasing taxes on wealthy Americans, these issues are the lowest priorities for both Romney and Obama supporters.”
Byron York points out, “The top priority for the largest number of Americans was creating good jobs, which was named extremely important or very important by 92 percent of respondents. . . . The third most important issue was reducing the federal budget deficit, at 86 percent. What issues fell farther down on the scale of importance? President Obama’s top domestic agenda item, increasing taxes on wealthy Americans, came in at the bottom of the list, called extremely or very important by just 49 percent of those polled by Gallup.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in the Weekly Republican Address, “Raising taxes as our economy continues to struggle is not a solution, and the majority of Americans and businesses understand that. The President once understood that as well. In 2010, he said that allowing these same tax increases ‘would have been a blow to our economy, just as we're climbing out of a devastating recession.’ Forty Democrats in the Senate agreed—joining Republicans to stop these potentially devastating tax hikes. That was the right position then, and, with grim news this week that economic growth is weaker than it was two years ago, it’s the right position today.”
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