Rand Paul To House Republicans: Allow Tax Cuts For Rich To Expire By Voting ‘Present’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has joined the growing number of Republicans calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and GOP leadership to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire on the richest Americans as part of a package to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. In an interview with Politico, Paul said he is urging the GOP to vote “present” on such a package:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he was urging House Republicans to accept passage of the Democratic tax bill by voting “present” on the measure. At that point, the bill would come to the Senate, where he expected it also would pass on partisan lines.

And then the Democrats are the party of higher taxes and we’re still the party of lower taxes,” Paul said in an interview. “And we have elections over that and people decide which party they like best.”

Republican Rep. Tom Cole (OK) was the first to publicly to break ranks and ask leadership to immediately extend the middle-income Bush tax cuts and since then at least four other colleagues have come out in support of the idea. However, none have signed the discharge petition filed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that would force the House to vote on the middle-income tax cut extension.