WASHINGTON -- Trying to get stalled budget negotiations moving, Senate Republican Leader Robert Dole is urging President Bush to take a new approach on his cherished capital gains tax cut plan.
Dole spokesman Walt Riker said yesterday that the Kansas Republican has suggested to administration and congressional budget negotiators that capital gains be packaged separately from a deficit-reduction agreement, along with child care and other "goodies" that would enhance its chances for passage.
"The more people look at it, the more it makes sense," said Riker. "It's common sense."
Dole's proposal marked the first time congressional Republicans publicly urged Bush to rethink his position on capital gains.
But White House spokesman Steve Hart said Bush's position remained unchanged. He said the president is firm in his insistence that a capital gains tax cut be part of any deal to reduce the deficit.