Three House Republicans willing to let tax cuts for rich expire

Two House Republicans have joined Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) in arguing that the party should agree to extend tax cuts only for income under $250,000 a year.

Both lost their seats this month but can still vote through the lame-duck session. 

"Tom Cole is talking about passing the ones that are out there, so there could be more certainty, and I think that would be a positive step," Rep. Robert Dold (Ill.) told the National Journal. "Let's make sure we aren't raising the taxes on the vast majority first."

“I have to say that if you’re going to sign me up with a camp, I like what Tom Cole has to say," Rep. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.) told CNN. "Tom presented a very thoughtful, articulate position.”

Also on Friday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said raising marginal tax rates was "something to talk about," but emphasized that he was "unlikely" to vote for such a package and that Democrats would have to agree to long-term entitlement reform. 

But this tiny group is unlikely to sway House Republican leadership; Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) released a video Friday profiling a small-business owner who says raising taxes on income over $250,000 would hurt entrepreneurs. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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