BREAKING: Senate Republicans block Democrats' payroll tax cut plan
December 8th, 2011
03:02 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Senate Republicans block Democrats' payroll tax cut plan

(CNN) - Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a Democratic measure to extend the payroll tax cut and assess a new tax on income over $1 million to help pay for it.

The vote was 50-48. Sixty votes were needed for the measure to proceed.


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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I really hate republicans.

    December 8, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. RJWTimes Bradford England, UK

    What a suprise, the Republicans have far proven theirselves as the party of no. They say no to everything.

    December 8, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Another day, another GOPer filibuster. God forbid someone making $1,000,001 pay a cent or two more on that last dollar.

    December 8, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. joe

    and you wonder why congress has a approaval rating in single digits. yeah, lets raises takes on people making less then 50 grand but lets cut taxes for billionares. sounds good to me!

    December 8, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. heavyhorse

    we don't need to pay for the Bush tax cuts for the rich but the middle class well they are just little people of no value to us..they can't buy us so we don't need to worry about them..they are benieth our notice and since they must WORK to survive they are not OUR kind of people...WAKE up and vote them out

    December 8, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Kenneth Close

    Our Congress at work, doesn't get any worse. Senate is already at the bottom.

    December 8, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Frank

    I have an idea ... let's just force the rich to pay for EVERYTHING! My retirement, my medical bills, my clothes, my groceries, my car, my utilities, my football tickets, my vacations, ...

    December 8, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. westward

    And that settles it – I'm voting straight ticket Democrat in 2012.

    Side note – Did anybody else catch John Boehner's slurred speech about this earlier today. He didn't even respect the American people enough to stay sober while working on this bill.

    December 8, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. John

    I thought Republicans were all for tax cuts?

    December 8, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Keyser Soze

    Keep looking out for the middle class GOP.

    December 8, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Independent Voters

    What is really going on with these republican I hate to say this but sometimes wish was not born in the USA because of the politics games going on in america. These republican are really trying to hurt the poor and middle class.

    December 8, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    remember when 50 votes were needed to pass a bill in the senate.....wait, it is still 50....huh...

    December 8, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. jen

    DAMN IT! Whats wrong with those idiots. Its time to Occupy Congress!

    December 8, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Rob

    what else is new..

    December 8, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Gabe Melo

    big freaking surprise.. what else is new. This congress is enbarissing for this country

    December 8, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. madgame

    Wow. Kudos to them. I though they were on vacation already. At least they're still in Washington, not agreeing an anything.

    What are the chances we could get them to vote on lowering their own benefits package? Afterall, I'm paying 2.5 times what I was pay before Obama Care.

    December 8, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Pat W

    As long as millionaires are protected, so what if we all have to pay $1,000 per year more in taxes. Wait, here's an idea, will some politician please advocate more tax loopholes for the middle class?

    December 8, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Lee

    Cool!!! Hold the Middle Class and our Economy hostage to get the oil pipe! Now THAT is how you play hardball folks! Lets lay off 250,000 federal employees. Its not like those are REAL jobs.

    December 8, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Its' ON now!!
    Democraps, er, Democrats hold firm. Don't get scared. Don't punk up. And for heaven's sakes don't start crying.
    We got these sons of their mothers where we want 'em!

    December 8, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Cal

    So once again the GOP prioritizes millionaires over the average worker. Why would anyone vote for these guys?

    December 8, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. S.positive

    America, how is your 2010 vote working for you now? Biggest mistake to give more power to the same clowns that destroyed the economy in 2008... Instead of moving things forward, these same clowns want to halt progress. China has been busy building in the last three years and all we can show for it is a disfunctional congress and a downgrade for good measure. What a shame and insult to the idea of America.

    December 8, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Lisa P

    The New York Times is reporting this vote as 53-45. Get your facts straight, CNN!

    December 8, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    As much as Republicans disavow any allegiance to that anonymous citizen, Grover Norquist, it is curious how their message on the issue was all over the map until Norquist issued his opnioins to the media. What is most remarkable is that suddenly the Repubilcan message and opinion was exactly what Norquist had expressed. Isn't that curious?

    December 8, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So once again, a measure that received a majority vote did not pass because of the obstructionists in the Republican Party would not grant a procedural vote allowing a vote to take place, knowing the bill would pass. So much for the Majority Rule. The allowing of these unspoken filibusters is a travesty. If these Republicans do not want a vote to come to the floor, then McConnell and his ilk should be required to speak incessantly on the floor and not yield in order to prevent the vote from occurring.

    December 8, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Chris

    The Republicans hijacked the proses again. Protect the billion arise again.

    December 8, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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