Rep. Ellison: GOP tax and deficit stance 'dumb'

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) equated the GOP's simultaneous push for low taxes and deficit reduction with trying to lose weight while gorging on "chocolate layer cake."

Ellison supported a House bill last week that would permanently extend the expiring Bush-era tax cuts for middle-class income earners, but not for those making more than $250,000 a year.

The Senate is currently wrangling over which of the current income tax rates to extend before they expire at the end of the year.

"Demanding $700B tax cut for Rich while demanding deficit reduction = eating chocolate layer cake everyday while losing 40 pounds. Dumb!," Ellison, the chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, tweeted Sunday.

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) indicated on Sunday Republicans could be open to a tax-cut compromise that includes extensions of unemployment benefits and the Bush-era tax rates for all income brackets.