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Dems detail tax demands that they say blew up Biden talks


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Van Hollen indicated there were other tax demands floated in the talks as part of a "menu" of options.

Cantor's office said that Van Hollen was being selective in mentioning demands and emphasized that taxes should not be increased when the economy is vulnerable.

"While Congressman Van Hollen's selective memory is amusing, the bottom line is that the proposals pushed by Democrats would increase taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars on individuals, small businesses, and employers at a time when we need to focus on job growth," Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring said.

Also speaking to reporters, Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan MORE (D-N.Y.) rejected GOP calls for President Obama to put a detailed proposal on the table now. He said Obama has put out a blueprint in his April speech on the deficit and said details are for closed-door negotiations.

“You don’t need each detail. It is just an excuse,” he said. “I think Speaker [John] BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBudowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only House Republicans request hearing with Capitol Police Board for first time since 1945 Press: John Boehner: good author, bad leader MORE [R-Ohio] ought to sit in a room and negotiate.”

He said that Cantor “ran away” from the talks because of “toxic rhetoric” from a “small group” of right-wingers like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

The fact that such fiscal conservatives will not support any deal on the debt ceiling means that the GOP needs Democrats to pass a deal and the deal will need tax increases and stimulus, he said.