|David Cook Staff writer|
Van Hollen’s comments are part of his week-long push to carve out a Democratic economic platform that’s more appealing to voters than the one rolled out for the 2014 midterms. Earlier this week, he unveiled a plan to cut taxes for the middle class and encourage wage growth. The cost would be offset with tax revenue from high-income individuals and the financial sector.
“The tax code right now is stacked in favor of those who make money from money and against those who make money from hard work,” Van Hollen said Thursday at a Monitor-hosted breakfast for reporters.
There should be a debate on how to deal with Social Security’s financial issues, the
Not surprisingly, the new chairman of the
When asked Thursday about prospects for bipartisan agreement on budget issues, Van Hollen said a “modest” area of agreement might be finding a way to deal with automatic spending cuts mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act.
“I agree that the defense cap is too tight, but I also think that the cap on things like our investment in education and scientific research is too tight,” he said.
He sees corporate tax reform as a more challenging area for potential bipartisan compromise. “But that is a very tough area even within one party,” Van Hollen cautioned.
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