Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee put Rep. Jim Himes on its “Democrat Tax Tracker.” The NRCC hit Himes on his vote for Senate Concurrent Resolution 13, which set “forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2010.” This resolution, the NRCC says, “allows the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire for couples making over $250,000.”
But Elizabeth Kerr, Himes’s communications director, defends her boss’s vote. In an e-mail to Battle ‘10, she writes:
1. It’s a budget resolution — they’re non-binding.
2. It’s a budget resolution — there’s a lot of stuff in here my boss does support and some he doesn’t — you don’t get to vote on portions of it.
3. There are no amendments to budget resolutions where he would have had the chance to reflect any differing views. Of course Jim would vote for middle class tax cuts if that’s the only option that was available. I believe John Boehner said the same thing.