WASHINGTON -- With the parties in
Democrats in the Senate rolled out an election-year agenda Wednesday in an appeal to middle-class voters. It includes new tax breaks for college and child care, and expanded refunds for lower-income workers.
Democrats will also push for votes on extending unemployment benefits and raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour as President
Republicans argue that the best way to help middle-class families would be to repeal the
Neither package of bills is expected to gain much traction in Congress, where the parties remain deeply divided over the best approach to stubborn unemployment, low wages and too few new jobs.
Even a proposal from Sen.
Recent polls show Democrats and Republicans essentially tied in the generic ballot for Congress, while congressional approval ratings have edged up from their single-digit depths to the teens.