Thomas, who is known on the Hill for being particularly prickly, went out of his way on Monday to say that the Bush plan needed much going over with a fine tooth comb, particularly in the areas that gave investors breaks on taxation of dividends. The White House had been assured by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and Republican leader Tom DeLay that the economic package would be put on a fast track. “We need the House to move, so that we can focus on winning in the Senate,” says a White House legislative staffer, adding humorously: “Maybe Thomas didn’t get the memo.”
Thomas has angered the White House in the past, complaining about not being let into the loop on economic and tax policy planning, even though the White House claims that Thomas is more plugged in on some issues than his own House leadership.
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