New York Times: President Obama called on Congress to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all incomes under $250,000.
Surrounding himself by supporters he presented as typical middle-class taxpayers, Mr. Obama said he hoped to resolve the tax and spending issues now confronting Washington by an end-of-the-year deadline. But he said lawmakers should not wait for such an agreement to pass legislation preserving current tax rates for 98 percent of Americans.
“My hope is to get this done before Christmas,” he said of an agreement to avert deep spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to take place automatically with the new year. “But the place where we already have in theory at least complete agreement right now is on middle-class taxes.”