(THE WASHINGTON TIMES) The White House and President Obama’s re-election team launched a simultaneous offensive Monday to pressure Republican senators to approve the so-called “Buffett rule,” a tax increase on income over $1 million.

“The president supports that legislation and there’s going to be a vote in the Senate,” presidential spokesman Jay Carney said of a procedural vote scheduled for April 16. He added that the measure “has broad support across the country.”

At virtually the same hour that Mr. Carney spoke, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager sent an email to supporters urging them to “stand with President Obama in asking the richest Americans to pay their fair share.” The legislation would impose a minimum 30 percent tax on wealthier Americans.

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