Reid said the House could ensure that millions of Americans’ tax rates don’t increase at the end of the year when the Bush-era tax rates expire by passing the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, which the Senate passed a few months ago.

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“It took four months for Republicans to realize that the path to avoid the fiscal cliff is right in front of them,” Reid said on the floor Thursday. “The House is holding the middle-class tax cuts hostage.”

Reid applauded some Republicans recently admitting that new revenues need to be on the table in deficit reduction talks, and cited Rep. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats frustrated by Hope Hicks's silence Only black GOP senator Tim Scott calls reparations a 'non-starter' On The Money: Trump weighs emergency declaration for Mexico tariffs | GOP senators look to rein in Trump on trade | Powell says Fed may cut rates if trade war hurts economy MORE (R-S.C.) saying Wednesday that if BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTed Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa MORE brought the Middle Class Tax Cut Act to the floor it would pass in the House.

“Now Republicans are starting to come around to what we’ve been saying all along,” Reid said. “Let’s not raise tax cuts on millions of Americans who make less than $250,000 a year.”

Democrats want tax rates to rise on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Adam Scott calls on McConnell to take down 'Parks & Rec' gif Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package MORE (R-Ky.) said raising personal income taxes on any Americans would damage job growth by harming small-business owners.

“If more revenue is the price that Democrats want to exact, then we should at least agree to do it in a way that doesn’t cost jobs,” McConnell said. “The smarter way is by capping deductions.”

McConnell said he hopes President Obama presents a deficit-reduction plan that could pass both chambers of Congress. He said Obama should stop using his campaign theme of attacking the rich and lead in the fiscal talks.

“Whacking the rich works politically but the election is over and it’s time to lead,” McConnell said.

Lawmakers are working to avoid the “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year, when the Bush-era tax rates expire and sequestration cuts take effect.