Durbin: Democrats stand by president on tax cuts

Several Democrats, including Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.), Evan Bayh (Ind.), Kent Conrad (N.D.) and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) have suggested extending the tax cuts for everyone until the economy recovers. 

Durbin said no decision has been made on when and how the tax cuts will be considered. 

He gave the same answer when asked whether lawmakers would consider moving forward on extending middle-class tax cuts — where there appears to be broad agreement — before the midterm elections while waiting until the lame-duck session to deal with the tax cuts affecting wealthier taxpayers.