September 23rd, 2010
04:02 PM ET
4 years ago

No vote on extending tax cuts, sources say

Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats will not vote on extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class before the midterm elections, senior Democratic sources said Thursday.

"The reality is, we will not pass what needs to be passed to change this either in the Senate or the House before the election," Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, told reporters.

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President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders have repeatedly expressed their desire to extend the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts - currently slated to expire at the end of the year - only for families earning less than $250,000 and individuals earning less than $200,000.

Republicans have stood firm on supporting extensions of the tax breaks for all taxpayers, including the wealthiest Americans.

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  1. Jim

    Of course no vote. That might mean that they would have to break from campaigning. I am sick of the Senate and House just putting aside the bueiness of governing in order to get elected. It's ridiculous.

    September 23, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. svscnn

    Well, clicking on the "Full Story" sure was more informative than just the headline and opening paragraph.

    September 23, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. taw3123

    I would think forcing the GOP to vote against the middle class is strategically something the Dems would want to do, get these fools on record as being against the middle class BEFORE the election.

    September 23, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. vic, Nashville TN

    Last night I watched Jon Stewart Daily Show his comment about senate for this blog also

    September 23, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. gt

    thats what the democrats want.....more of your tax dollars....and then waste it on some usless gov. program....

    September 23, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. REG in AZ

    It isn’t conservatism v liberalism as is trying to be sold as the cause; socialism isn’t even close to being a scare (in fact, with long running neglect, irresponsibility and a conservative concentration the pendulum has literally swung far to the right). No, what is really happening is a concerted effort to, both overtly and covertly, effect domination by an ultra-conservative mentality which favors only the few. There is a real effort to capture people’s thinking, to deceive and manipulate public opinion, by using emotional appeals to biases, prejudices and fears, disinformation, scare tactics and more, all cutely, boldly, aggressively and obnoxiously presented, to keep people from being rational and instead to have them be fearfully excited and to support positions and candidates that favor only the few. Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few, all who stand to greatly gain, are ‘pulling the strings’, are spending the effort and the money and are perpetrating the con and the Republicans, both Tea Party and regular, have become their ‘puppets’.

    The proof is seen in that what they want is to return to ‘more of the same’, more of what they had under Bush-Cheney, more of what cost the majority so much and what caused the problems – when what we saw was the majority, including the total middle-class, constantly loosing and only the very wealthy consistently gaining. Who can actually believe that if given the power and the control that after they set things back, repealed the changes and returned to ‘more of the same’, that then they who have clearly demonstrated they are against all change, they would then implement the real needed changes? Who of the majority can survive more giving to the few as it significantly costs everyone else? Bush-Cheney completely focused on benefit for only Special Interests and the select few while giving the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge to rationalize their actions and manipulate public opinion; this country really can’t afford to return to ‘more of the same’.

    September 23, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Well that just about wraps it up for November. How many liberal and democrat voters did they just discourage from bothering to vote? One word: SPINELESS.

    September 23, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. leesismore

    taw3123
    You lack understanding of the issue because you only read the head lines. One fact of not approving the Bush tax. The family child credit would go from 1000 to 500 for all. How about your DEM's now. Or are they just for the middle class with out kids.

    September 23, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. ChumBucket

    Thanks dems...

    /sarcasm off

    September 23, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. stormerF

    They won't vote because they don't have enough Democrats on board. Thats what the hold up is.

    September 23, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Me

    DEMOCRATS!!!!!!

    YOU STUPID COWARDS!!! Legislate like you gotta pair!!! You guys would be a perfect party if you didn't act so cowardly!
    WE ARE WITH YOU...UNTIL YOU SHOW FEAR

    YOU STUPID SPINELESS COWARDS! i hate you

    September 23, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Angry but, not stupid enough to vote for the gopTea Party!

    Relax Dems you can't pass the tax cuts until the bipartisan debt commision report in Demember! If we are serious about the defecit, just wait. Now get out there a vote and get ten of your friends to vote. You see the GOP pledge is not the the middle class americans.

    September 23, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. clarkde76

    How incredibly stupid do the democrats want to look? They refuse to vote to extend tax cuts to the middle class because they say that they fear republicans will run negative ads against them next month claiming democrats want to "raise" taxes during a slow economy. HELLO?? Didn't Obama say it would ONLY effect 2% of the population by not extending the tax cuts to the people making over $250,000. 2% vote won't keep them from winning re-elections, but now here's what WILL happen. Middle class won't get their tax cut, even though they NEED it desparately (BTW..I am VERY middle-class), GOP will run their negative ads ANYWAY, claiming that if dem's are re-elected they WILL raise taxes (on the weatlhy part will conveniently be left out), democrats will be voted out of office, GOP will vote to extend the tax cuts to everyone. This will criple our national debt. Then the BUSH era will rule again and then you'll see big oil and corperations RULE again and gas will be $4.00 per gallon the next excuse or hurricane hits anywhere and once again......The USA is not for the people, but only for the "HAVES"

    September 23, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Adam

    I am displeased with almost everything else the Democratically controlled House and Senate has done so this is no big surprise. We all understand the most radical President ever elected will not bend unless he is "spreading the wealth" and he wants that $700Million as another union payoff.

    September 23, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. JANUARY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    How in hell is a business owner supposed to plan for the future, much less plan on hiring another employee when on September 23rd they do not know what the tax policy will be on January 1st? The economy is in a state of paralysis for exactly this kind of uncertainty.

    The fact that we are in a weak economy that is barely out of recession and some idiot is seriously considering raising taxes is mind boggling. No wonder the Democrats are going to get slaughtered in November.

    September 23, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Randolph Carter (the real one), I'm no expert, but...

    clarkde76
    "...GOP will vote to extend the tax cuts to everyone. This will criple our national debt. Then the BUSH era will rule again and then you'll see big oil and corperations RULE again and gas will be $4.00 per gallon the next excuse or hurricane hits anywhere and once again......The USA is not for the people, but only for the "HAVES"

    Don't worry, Clarke, the republicans have already thought of a way to pay for it. All we gotta do is cancel social security, medicare, medicaid, foodstamps, unemployment, the department of education, the EPA, infrastructure improvements, healthcare reform, etc. Piece of cake. Have a nice day!

    September 23, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter (the real one), I'm no expert, but...

    Hey, I know how we can pay to continue the tax cuts: cancel the military. I mean, it's not like they've won a war in 65 years. Talk about money down the drain. Have a nice day!

    September 23, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. Randolph Carter (the real one), I'm no expert, but...

    JANUARY 20, 2013 – THE END OF AN ERROR

    "How in hell is a business owner supposed to plan for the future, much less plan on hiring another employee when on September 23rd they do not know what the tax policy will be on January 1st? The economy is in a state of paralysis for exactly this kind of uncertainty. "
    September 23, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |

    Easy, they should just plan on their taxes going back to the way they were under Clinton. You remember him, the guy who balanced the budget and presided over a fairly prosperous 8 years? Have a nice day!

    September 23, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |