US Senate's Reid prepares bill with $250,000 tax-hike threshold

Reuters Middle East

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Harry Reid said on Friday he was preparing legislation to

prevent middle-class tax hikes for a possible vote by Monday

even as he negotiates with top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell

for a larger deal to avert the looming "fiscal cliff."

"At President Obama's request, I am readying a bill for a

vote by Monday that will prevent a tax hike on middle-class

families making up to $250,000, and that will include the

additional, critical provisions outlined by President Obama,"

Reid said in a statement. "In the next 24 hours, I look forward

to hearing any good-faith proposals Senator McConnell has for

altering this bill."

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