The Corner

Yeah, This Isn’t The Gop’s Week


The GOP’s tax cut agenda hit a snag Thursday when the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, lacking enough Republican votes, postponed debate on $78 billion in tax reductions.

“No progress,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R- Iowa, said. Republicans talked among themselves most of the morning but couldn’t agree on a combination of tax cuts that could win support from all of them.

They lacked the pivotal support of Sen. Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican from Maine, who said she’d like to see senators concentrate their attention on matters that must be done this year, like tax cuts that expire in 2006.

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