WASHINGTON — Congressional Democratic leaders are headed to the White House to discuss President Obama's tax proposal and other policies as the party makes an offensive legislative push toward the November election.
Obama is convening the House and Senate leaders Wednesday as Republicans hold a largely symbolic vote in the House to repeal the nation's new healthcare law.
Democrats have argued that Americans are tired of the healthcare debate and want Washington to focus on jobs and the economy — and polls show they are largely right.
Obama shifted the focus to the tax front this week, as he called on Congress to extend expiring tax rates from the George W. Bush era for another year for all Americans except those families earning more than $250,000 a year. Republicans reject this approach and want the tax breaks to continue for all, even the wealthier households. If nothing is done, the tax rates will rise in December.
The move by Obama will launch a floor battle in Congress in the weeks ahead as House Speaker John A. Boehner holds a vote on keeping all the Bush-era tax breaks in place, and Democrats, who have the majority in the Senate, press for Obama's more limited approach. Neither bill is expected to pass, but the showdown heading toward the long August recess will fuel the campaign season.