Written by Alan Fram
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic “Buffett rule” bill Monday forcing the nation’s top earners to pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes, using the day before Americans’ taxes are due to defy President Barack Obama on one of his signature election-year issues.
By a near party-line 51-45 tally, senators voted to keep the bill alive but fell nine votes short of the 60 needed to continue debating the measure. The anti-climactic outcome was no surprise to anyone in a vote that designed more to win over voters and embarrass senators in close races than to push legislation into law.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press
AP Photo of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) by J. Scott Applewhite, File