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Biden sent to lobby House Dems on tax deal

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
President Barack Obama is sending Vice President Joe Biden to Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon to lobby House Democrats on his new tax deal. While it has the support among most GOP lawmakers, Democratic leaders are complaining the package favors the wealthy.

To help lobby for the plan, Obama has sent out a video telling supporters he still intends to end the Bush tax cuts for wealthier Americans when it comes up again in two years.

"I know some folks -- even good friends-- are unhappy with the plan because, as with any negotiation, getting there required some give and take," said Obama.

The legislation would also retain existing tax rates for the middle class, but stretch the safety net for the nation's jobless.