WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wants the House
to approve a Senate-passed tax package without changes.
The president called on the House to act "as soon as
possible." Obama made his remarks shortly after the Senate voted 81-19 in favor of an agreement that Obama struck with Senate Republican
leader Mitch McConnell.
House Democrats have denounced the deal because it would extend
Bush-era tax cuts for two years to all taxpayers, including the wealthy. Many Democrats especially oppose new tax rates for the heirs of wealthy estates.
Obama's remarks were the first time the White House has specifically insisted that the House leave the Senate bill intact.