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Senate GOP Will Allow Tax Vote

Senate GOP Will Allow Tax Vote

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Republicans will allow a Senate vote on extending the Bush tax cuts to go forward, reversing earlier threats to block the measure.

“Republicans will allow a simple majority vote on the two proposals,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “The only way to force people to take a stand is to make sure that today’s votes truly count.”

The decision will allow Democrats to go forward with a vote on a plan to extend the Bush tax cuts on income of less than $250,000 a year. Under the Democratic plan, tax cuts on taxable income over $250,000 a year would be allowed to expire.

Republicans favor extending all the Bush tax cuts.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has signaled that he has enough votes to pass the legislation.

McConnell said that the GOP would allow the vote because the bill “doesn’t pass constitutional muster and won’t become law.” Under the Constitution, bills relating to revenue must originate in the House of Representatives. However, procedural rules exist that could allow the Senate to amend the House legislation preemptively.

While the chances of the legislation passing the House are slim, Senate Democrats have wanted to force the issue to demonstrate that Republicans are willing to let all tax cuts expire if they are unable to get an extension for the richest Americans.

Additionally, the vote would give Democrats leverage going into negotiations to extend the tax cuts. All of the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year, and a divided Congress and president will have to find a compromise, or allow all of them to expire. President Barack Obama has said he will not agree to any further extension of the tax cuts on income above $250,000, and Republicans have said they will not agree to an extension that does not include them.

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5:51AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

What this article doesn't say is that this bill is actually illegal. All tax bills have to start in the House. That is the way our government was set up.

3:35AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Little choice, certainly they will allow a tax vote ... what they are not telling you is that only the top 1% vote will count.

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3:34AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Little choice, certainly the will allow a tax vote ... what they are not telling you is that only the top 1% vote will count.

7:25PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Too funny Michael! Didn't someone tip this guy off before he started yammering on about Turtle Tunnels?

You can't make this stuff up!

6:33PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Is it just me or does Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell like more like the Crypt Keeper with each passing year? He's so out of touch and old he farts dust.

6:20PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Isn't this the guy that played Cecil the turtle in the old bugs bunny cartoons?

Cecil Turtle

4:08PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Something is rotten in Denmark.

1:03PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Good job, Reid!
Dems are still going to be campaigning on this obstructionism. Everyone knows the Repubs would rather let all the tax cuts for everyone expire rather than sacrifice tax cuts for themelves and their rich,buddies in the over $250,000 income bracket.

12:43PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Hopefully he and the rest of the teabagger congress will be voted out of office in November.

11:42AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Nice picture. It's cool to see that Mr. Turtle is still alive.

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