Party of No? Democrats block Senate vote on Obama tax plan

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    Jul 11, 2012 5:55 PM GMT

    Democrats blocked a Senate vote Wednesday on President Barack Obama's plan to extend expiring tax cuts for a year for everyone but the highest-earning Americans, as the two parties maneuvered to try embarrassing each other on one of the election year's foremost issues.

    The move came just two days after Obama urged Congress to vote on his proposal. Democrats plan to take up the president's proposal before Congress' August recess.

    Without action by lawmakers, wide-ranging tax cuts enacted a decade ago under President George W. Bush will expire on New Year's Day, an outcome that economists say would be a blow to the already weak economy.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proposed votes on two amendments to a small business tax cut bill the chamber is debating. One was on Obama's plan, the other on a Republican alternative that would include top earners in the extended tax reductions.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked the votes on both for now, saying the Senate would return to them after it finishes the small business tax measure. Aides said Democrats want to focus now on the small business measure, which they view as a winning issue for them, and turn later this month to Obama's plan to extend the broader tax cuts, which they see as a draw for voters.
  • Webster666

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    Jul 11, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    Read, and re-read the last paragraph of your post, until you understand that the Democrats in the Senate chose to work on another piece of legislation before working on the Obama tax plan, not INSTEAD of it.


  • DalTX

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    Jul 11, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    Anything going on up in Canada?