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  Lieberman Wants To Start A Bipartisan, High-Income Tax Cuts Gang
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Sep 26, 2010 02:57pm
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AuthorBrian Beutler
News DateTuesday, September 21, 2010 06:55:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTPM noted yesterday that, in direct conflict with President Obama's agenda, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is organizing Senate Democrats and Republicans to temporarily extend Bush tax cuts for high-income Americans.

This afternoon, on his way into a weekly Democratic caucus policy lunch he explained that he'd like to head up another bipartisan "gang" to reach a tax cut compromise.

"All I'm saying now is that this is a place where we really do need -- it's an awful word --but we need another gang. We need a bipartisan gang to come to a bipartisan agreement on tax cuts," Lieberman said.

I asked Lieberman whether he's organizing such a bloc. He claims he's working on it: "I'm talking -- as always it'll be a 'group' -- but that's what I'd like to see happen."

These bipartisan 'gangs' -- or groups, as Senators prefer -- have a mixed record of success in recent years. Most famously, in 2005, the so-called "Gang of 14" prevailed in its effort to prevent Senate Republicans (then in the majority) from changing the rules to eliminate the filibuster on judicial nominees.
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