The Columbus Dispatch: Kilroy wants to extend tax cuts only for middle class

Count Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy among House Democrats who remain adamant about extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the middle class but allowing them to expire for households making $250,000 and up.

The Columbus Democrat said last week on a conference call with reporters and ProgressOhio that she stands with President Barack Obama on the issue and against talk of a compromise that would extend the tax cuts for wealthier Americans for at least a year or two.

Kilroy also said that she and two other lawmakers are circulating a letter to that effect to other House members. She intends to send it to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Seventeen members had signed as of Friday.

Kilroy said she wants to show the House leadership that it has the votes to “keep the middle-class tax cuts but allow the tax cuts to the top two percent (of American income earners) to expire. We need to do this because we need to get serious about our deficit.”

But Republican Steve Stivers, who is challenging Kilroy in the nationally watched 15th District congressional race, said many businesses are reluctant to invest in personnel or other items because of uncertainty over future tax rates.

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