WASHINGTON — A prominent Democratic opponent of the tax cut package passed by Congress says Republicans got the better of President Barack Obama in the negotiations to reach agreement on the $858 billion deal.
Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner of New York says Republicans turned out to be "better poker players" than the president. He told CBS' Early Show on Friday that the GOP got the two things it most wanted, a lower estate tax and extension of tax cuts for the wealthy.
Weiner voted against the package that the House adopted late Thursday.
He says that when the latest agreement expires in 2012, Obama and lawmakers will face enormous election-year pressure to extend the tax cuts again or make them permanent.