California Sen. Barbara Boxer is one of a group of purportedly left-leaning politicians who is choosing to throw in with President Obama in his plan to preserve Bush-era tax cuts that give the wealthy a break along with Americans hailing from lower-income brackets. Here’s what she had to say for herself Tuesday. –KA

Los Angeles Times:

The fact is, this bill will be a help to the middle class,” said Boxer, who, during George W. Bush’s presidency, assailed the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts as skewed toward the wealthy. She and fellow California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein backed the $858-billion package now before the Senate, even though it would renew the tax rates to all income levels, including the highest earners.

The measure could clear the Senate and go to the House by Tuesday night.

“I voted for this bill because I think our economy continues to be in a fragile state when it comes to job growth,” Boxer said on the Senate floor.

Although California’s diverse congressional delegation usually breaks along party lines, the tax-cut deal has split members of the same party.

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