Issa Joins GOP Opposition to Tax Deal

Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) has joined Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), Rep. Mike Pence (R., Indiana) and Mitt Romney in criticizing the tax compromise brokered by the White House and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell last week.

“While my vote will ultimately depend on the final bill brought to the floor of the House,” Issa told Politico, “the flawed last minute consideration of this proposal underscores the need for Congress to act decisively in the new year to support job creation, curb government spending and enact permanent tax reform.”

Issa added that the compromise was “an incomplete effort that fails to create a permanent tax structure giving businesses the kind of long-term predictability needed to support investment, economic growth, and job creation.”

DeMint and Pence have introduced a bill that would extend the Bush tax cuts permanently, but it has failed to gain much traction and appears unlikely to receive a floor vote in either chamber.

In the Senate, the bill, which passed a cloture vote 83 – 15 yesterday, is likely to pass in a final vote today.

But the legislation’s chances in the House are less certain. House Democrats have vigorously criticized the compromise, particularly targeting the estate tax rate of 35 percent. The Congressional Black Caucus has announced their opposition to the bill.

Besides Issa and Pence, Reps. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), and John Campbell (R., Calif.) have also spoken out against the tax deal, an indication that not all House Republicans may vote for the compromise.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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