White House holiday party tax deal
December 7th, 2010
08:03 AM ET

White House holiday party tax deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The annual White House holiday party for members of Congress fell on the same day that President Obama announced a “framework” deal on the Bush-era tax cuts.

Based on the optimistic tone from his usual critics, it appears Republicans are getting better gifts under the tree than Obama’s fellow Democrats.

Arriving for a night of festivities at the south east entrance to the White House, outgoing Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said he would reserve judgment until he could review the agreement more carefully on Tuesday, but he expressed some disappointment. “I regret that we are going to have to compromise on it because I think it’s terrible we are not basically limiting the tax cut to those who really need it.  That’s the sad part,” he said.

Republicans, like incoming House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell put out statements applauding the efforts of the White House to forge a bipartisan plan to prevent a tax hike.

However, some Democrats aren’t pleased with a deal that they believe rewards millionaires and billionaires with tax breaks the country simply can’t afford.

But there’s a sense of urgency to complete a deal that even the president admits is not a 100 percent of what either side wants.

“We have to get an agreement for the sake of the American people,“ said Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as he arrived for the White House holiday party. He added that this issue needed to be resolved so that “people know with greater certainty that taxes are not going to be increased.”

It's unknown if any members of Congress, unhappy with the deal, passed on the party, but the White House said all were invited.

One Democrat who has been to many of these functions told CNN "if history is any guide, the ones who are the most vociferous critics of the president...are the most eager to have their photo taken with him and the first lady."

In this tax compromise it seems some of those critics striking a holiday pose with the president,  came from both sides of the aisle.

Topics: President Obama • Tax cuts • White House

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