Mark Pazniokas, Lieberman refuses to campaign for Democratic majority, The Connecticut Mirror, Sept. 13, 2010:
Lieberman, who is returning to Washington today after the end of the summer recess, said he expects the immediate focus will be on the leader of the Senate Republican minority, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
"That's the interesting drama in our story today and tomorrow, which is what will Senator McConnell do on John Boehner's statement yesterday," Lieberman said. "I think if Sen. McConnell agrees, we can extend most of the tax cuts for at least a year, then leave us to argue about higher income tax cuts and the estate tax in the lame-duck session.
"That would be a significant breakthrough."
Jay Heflin, Kyl: Little progress made on the estate tax, The Hill's On The Money, Sept. 13, 2010:
With less than fours months before the estate tax returns to levels not seen in nearly a decade, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said little progress has been made on the issue.
"I don't think the Democratic leadership has figured out how to approach the whole tax issue, and that [the estate tax] is a big part of it," he told reporters Monday. "Nobody has talked to me about it, and they know that [Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.)] and I are the two that have been pushing reform."
(Hat tip: Kevin Staker, Spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Declines to State Republicans Have Votes to Filibuster Obama Tax Proposal, Estate Tax News Blog by Kevin Staker, Sept. 14, 2010.)