It is a tricky political dance for Democratic leaders, who have spent the past two weeks bashing Republicans for blocking their effort to extend Bush-era tax rates for middle-class families earning below $250,000.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), who faces a tough re-election in Ohio, said it would be wise to extend the payroll tax holiday another year as well as prolong unemployment insurance.
“I think it’s wise to do that, unemployment, all those,” he said.
But a growing number of Democrats say it is time to end the stimulus, which cut the payroll tax rate for employees from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent.
“We’re running into this problem. The critics said ‘You’ll never get rid of it. It’s going to ultimately jeopardize Social Security trust fund, the general revenue fund can’t continue to subsidize it.’ And we said, ‘No, it’s going to come to an end,’” said Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.).