The Republican leadership in the Senate is opposing a Democratic plan to hold separate votes on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is calling for holding at least one vote on extending the cuts for taxpayers making $250,000 and below and a separate vote on a bill written by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to extend all the cuts, including those for the wealthy as well as the middle class.

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