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Durbin: tax cut extensions for the wealthy are "just plain wrong"

The U.S. Senate is expected to take a procedural vote today on a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts. The procedural vote would pave the way for a final vote on the package, possibly this week.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said the inclusion of tax cut extensions for the wealthy and the more generous estate tax provisions in the deal are "just plain wrong."

"It doesn't help the economy," Durbin said. "It adds to the deficit, and it basically says the people who are the most well-off in America don't have to share any kind of sacrifice in these tough times. But I'm a realist, too, and I know that in order to put this package together the administration had to make concessions to the Republicans."

A spokesman for Republican Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk said the Senator isn't available to speak today. Durbin said he expects the tax cut extensions to receive the necessary 60 votes required to move forward.

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