Posted by | August 1, 2012 19:15 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Sarah Betancourt

The  House of Representatives just passed a plan to extend Bush-era tax cuts with a 256-171 vote. Only one Republican, Representative Timothy Johnson of Illinois, voted against the plan.

The bill is expected to die in the Senate, leaving controversy over tax policy unresolved until after November’s elections.

The bill extends all current low individual tax rates that are set to lapse on December 31st.

The vote, taken by some as a Democratic loss to hike taxes on the wealth, is mostly about political messaging three months before Election Day. If the issue is not resolved by January, workers will have to deal with higher payroll deductions. The House action stands in contrast to the Senate measure approved last week that would extend tax cuts only for the middle class.

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By: Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a Boston-based journalist who has written for In These Times, Open Media Boston, Spare Change News,, the Boston Globe Environment Blog, and has had work appear in video on the National Geographic Water Currents Blog. She writes primarily about Boston politics, labor, Generation Y issues, and environmental policy.