WBEZ | tax cuts http://www.wbez.org/tags/tax-cuts Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en DREAM Act backers at odds over how to pass it http://www.wbez.org/story/adalberto-united-methodist-church/dream-act-backers-odds-over-how-pass-it <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Dreamers3.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., wants the DREAM Act signed into law by year&rsquo;s end. But supporters disagree on how to advance the measure.<br /><br />The bill, passed by the U.S. House last week, would lay a path to citizenship for some undocumented youths who grew up in this country and attend college or join the military.<br /><br />Getting it through the Senate would depend on Republicans so the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is urging calls and letters to the state&rsquo;s Republican senator, Mark Kirk.<br /><br />But some DREAM Act supporters call that effort a waste of time. &ldquo;Kirk is not going to do anything independently of the Republican Party,&rdquo; said immigrant-rights activist Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist, a church in Chicago&rsquo;s Humboldt Park neighborhood.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is something that has to be worked out by leadership,&rdquo; Coleman said. &ldquo;Our pressure needs to go on Obama and it needs to go on the Democratic leadership, who&rsquo;ve been playing us for two years, to finally come through and meet their promises.&rdquo;<br /><br />Coleman said that would mean making the DREAM Act part of any deal with Republicans about taxes.</p></p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 11:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/adalberto-united-methodist-church/dream-act-backers-odds-over-how-pass-it Schakowsky says she won't support tax breaks for the wealthy http://www.wbez.org/story/congresswoman-jan-schakowsky/schakowsky-says-she-wont-support-tax-breaks-wealthy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Jan_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congressional Democrats are holding firm against a plan to extend tax cuts from President George W. Bush's time in office. That includes Democrats from President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois.</p><p>Mr. Obama wants to extend tax cuts for wealthy Americans in addition to the middle class. In exchange, Republicans say they'll support an extension of long-term unemployment benefits.</p><p>But Democrats, like Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, say they won't support the bill.</p><p>&quot;It isn't so much anger at the president as it is the prerogative of the House of Representatives to assert its role in this whole process,&quot; Schakowsky said.</p><p>Schakowsky called the plan the equivalent of giving a tax break to Paris Hilton. She said the cuts help the rich get richer.</p><p>Meantime, Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior says he's worried the deal will lead to cuts in social programs. Mr. Obama says if Congress approves the cuts, he will push for an overhaul of the tax system in the next two years.</p></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 18:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/congresswoman-jan-schakowsky/schakowsky-says-she-wont-support-tax-breaks-wealthy Republicans eye tax cuts during lame duck session http://www.wbez.org/story/congresswoman-judy-biggert/republicans-eye-tax-cuts-during-lame-duck-session <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP091210118559.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congress heads back to Washington Monday to begin the lame duck session. Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert represents Chicago's Southwest suburbs. She said she hopes the House of Representatives takes up a measure to extend the tax cuts passed under former President George W. Bush. Biggert said the cuts will help relieve uncertainty in the economy.</p><p>&quot;The uncertainty makes it very, very difficult for planning by businesses and they're looking to what's going to happen in the next year and we have to remove this uncertainty and we have to remove the barriers so that they can move ahead,&quot;&nbsp;Biggert said.</p><p>Some Democrats argue wealthy Americans should not get an extension of tax cuts. The cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.</p></p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/congresswoman-judy-biggert/republicans-eye-tax-cuts-during-lame-duck-session