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Washington (CNN) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who supports making permanent all the Bush-era tax cuts, signaled Thursday he's open to considering compromises with the White House to temporarily extend them instead.
"I'm willing to listen to what the President has in mind for protecting Americans from tax increases," McConnell said.
McConnell issued the statement shortly after White House advisor David Axelrod was quoted suggesting the White House was prepared to accept a temporary extension of tax cuts for both wealthier Americans and the middle class.
McConnell's comments were in contrast to House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio who as recently as Wednesday insisting that all the tax cuts be made permanent.
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