June 18th, 2010
07:15 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP filibusters wide-ranging benefits and tax bill in Senate

(CNN) - Senate Democrats failed Thursday to overcome a Republican filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment benefits and prevent Medicare doctors from having their reimbursements cut.

All Republicans opposed ending debate on the wide-ranging bill, forcing further negotiations on specific provisions to seek a possible compromise.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid complained Republicans were simply stalling progress on the bill, and he and other Democratic leaders said the GOP filibuster showed Republicans were aligned with special interests such as oil companies and Wall Street hedge funds.

In floor debate, Republicans proposed using money from the stimulus bill to pay for provisions of the bill, but Democrats objected. Republicans complained that the bill would increase the deficit, a concern shared by some Democrats.

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  1. Dirty harry

    Hope everything reid and pelosi put out fails, they have no concern whatsoever how much they are putting us in debt, just as long as they get their moronic bills pushed through and turn this country into a communistic state.

    June 18, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. snow

    Of course the GOP said no, this bill only adds to the deficit and debt. Why would any rational elected official push for more deficit spending when we cannot pay for what the demorats have already obligated the American taxpayer for. The demorats push pay as you go and then ignore their own pay go plan. The pay go was just window dressing, hoping nobody was/is paying attention to demorat spending.

    June 18, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Sometime, this "FREE RIDE" is going to have to stop, we have got to start paying for all these benefits. I am not saying that they are bad, but we have got to take a "HARD LOOK" at paying for things. We can't go on just adding to the deficit, blame who you want, but to continue to add, more and more and more, is not doing any good, no matter what side is in control!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Jeff from Va

    Sometime, in the very very near future we are going to have to take a "Hard Look" at how we are going to pay for all the benefits. This " FREE RIDE" will have to come to a stop!!!!! I know that a lot of these items are very important, but we have to find a way to pay for them NOW, NOT LATER!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Dems asserted that Obamacare would somehow reduce the deficit and that assertion was based in part on cutting Medicare reimbursement. Now, of course, as a lot of us predicted, they're doing their best to back out of that arrangement, thereby effectively raising enormously the costs of Obamacare.

    In effect, the Dems, if they didn't quite lie, tried to play a kind of shell game with the American people. They figured that if they moved the money around fast enough, we wouldn't notice their attempted trick of trying to claim as a savings an expense reduction they never really intended to make.

    June 18, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Rocco

    Way to go GOP. Keep up the good work in hastening your own demise.

    June 18, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Dan, TX

    Good for the republicans, the unemployed should just suck it up and and make due without unemployment benefits. Why should they leach off the taxpayers. I agree with Republicans that doctors should treat the poor because it is the right thing to do, not to make money.

    June 18, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. John in Brooklyn

    Apparently the Republicans feel that unemployed people don't seserve extended benefits in the midst oft he worst recession since the Great Depression.

    June 18, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Dean

    Come on Republicans get with it......Who cares whether the defecit gets so big that will must go bankrupt. After all it is our children who will suffer, not us.

    June 18, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Sniffit

    You must suffer so they can blame it all on Obama.

    June 18, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Me

    How very nice of the Republicans to continue their petty political ways. How do they sleep at night?

    June 18, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. America Shrugged

    Does this really surprise anyone? I wish the GOP would have been this concerned about the deficit when they rubberstamped everything W did for 8 yrs. Let's see: 2 wars unpaid for, medicare part D unpaid for, and two of the biggest tax breaks ( supposedly to create jobs ) unpaid for and rammed through reconciliation. I think that making sure hedgefund managers pay their fair share of income tax and not and not cutting reimbursement fees to Doctors who take medicare sounds like a good deal and the GOP don't like it? ROFL...

    June 18, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. David Johnston

    Everything the GOP stands for in the long run will make us a third world country.

    June 18, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. gg

    throw in a war they will come on board

    June 18, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. rs

    The Party of No! rides again- maybe they'll vote to give BP money today instead.

    June 18, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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