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Republicans eye tax cuts during lame duck session

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Republicans eye tax cuts during lame duck session

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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.

“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,” Biggert said.

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.

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