Maine’s US Representatives Oppose Tax Bill 

Maine’s two U.S. representatives say they voted against a bipartisan tax package passed by Congress because it included a two-year extension of tax breaks for wealthy households. But Democratic U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree were in the minority. The new tax package prevents a tax hike for virtually every American household from going into effect Jan. 1. Congress approved the tax package late Thursday night by a vote of 277-148. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill Friday afternoon. Michaud said he opposed the bill because it adds nearly $1 trillion to the national debt, provides tax breaks to wealthy American and puts the future of the Social Security system in jeopardy by including a 2 percent reduction in payroll taxes that finance Social Security. (AP)