House Republicans should vote on his bill in its entirety so Americans can see where every member of Congress stands, Obama said at a Texas rally Tuesday.
In Washington, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Obama's "my way or the highway approach" was impeding the search for common ground.
Several Senate Democrats have indicated discomfort with how the president plans to pay for his $447-billion proposal. In particular, they are wary of raising taxes on individuals earning $200,000 and couples earning $250,000, which would happen if the George W. Bush-era tax cuts expired as scheduled at the end of 2012.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said his caucus was working on alternatives to pay for the $447-billion proposal. A millionaire's surtax is one of the options, according to a Senate aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The surtax came up during a lunch meeting of Senate Democrats, the aide said.
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