"We want to focus the money on those who have paid the heaviest price over the last 10 years when wages didn’t grow to keep up with inflation and when the recession hit and ate into their savings," he said. "So I think it is entirely consistent, it’s what we believe is a good solid message not only to bring an end to the recession but ask people to continue on this course in the future."
Durbin said he disagrees with assessments that letting tax cuts expire for those in the upper-income brackets will negatively affect the economy's recovery.
"These are people less likely to spend, more likely to save or invest and not necessarily invest in the United States," Durbin said. "So how can that be something where we go deeper in deficit to give the wealthiest people in America hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax breaks?"
Considering the contributions of the middle class "paying for wars, sending their sons and daughters off in service, losing their jobs, seeing their savings hit and now we're being told we should shed tears over the wealthiest among us because they're just not getting a good enough tax break — I don't buy it," Durbin said.