Top Senate Democrats said Thursday that the party was backing away from earlier plans with the White House to force a vote on middle-class tax cuts prior to November’s election.

Emerging from a party caucus, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D—Nev.) ducked by reporters, saying only “we’re close to something but not there yet.” But Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) said flatly that he expected the vote to be put off and other senators echoed the same judgment. “I think we’ll put it off,” Inouye told POLITICO.

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