AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s congressional delegation is split along party lines on the tax cut compromise that President Barack Obama negotiated with congressional Republicans.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she supports extending the 2001 and 2003 tax relief laws for all Americans for two more years. Sen. Olympia Snowe says she’s encouraged by the progress represented by the agreement, which she says will prevent tax increases on middle-class Americans and many small business owners.
The two Democratic House members aren’t so pleased. Rep. Mike Michaud says he voted to provide a tax cut on the first $250,000 that every American taxpayer makes, but says the wealthy would get that tax cut too. Michaud calls that the best way forward.
Rep. Chellie Pingree says opposes the deal, saying it’s “like a ransom note.”