September 21st, 2010
03:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate Democrats want middle-class tax cut vote

Washington ( - Senate Democrats are aiming to force a vote extending tax breaks for the middle class - and not for those in the top income bracket - before they adjourn for the midterm elections.

But it's not clear the vote will happen; and it depends on Democrats working out a procedural deal with Republicans, two aides and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Tuesday.

If the vote happens, it will likely be a test vote on extending tax cuts – now slated to expire at the end of the year – for families earning less than $250,000 and individuals earning less than $200,000.

At this point, the chances of such a measure passing look slim.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Volume Booster

    Yes, PLEASE, NOW, TODAY!!!!

    We DESPERATELY need this............

    September 21, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Irma in North Carolina

    You know it will never go through the republicans will only say no, or they will stall it.

    September 21, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Eric

    They CAN'T pass a middle class tax cut... the tax has already been cut.

    What they're trying to pass (can you say "pathetic election year Hail Mary?") is an extention to prohibit that tax from being raised, while they raise taxes on those people's bosses... who will, in turn, fire the middle class workers, in order to pay the new tax.

    Ain't them Democrats smart?
    In related news, Democrats sold their car to pay for gas money.

    September 21, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Whatever

    FIGHT!!!! FIGHT!!!!! FIGHT!!!!! If they still are being stubborn!!!!! COMPROMISE!!!!! COMPROMISE!!!!! COMPROMISE!!!!! Increase the thresholds to $550K (couple)/$500K (single) AND if that does not work – we'll vote out enough of them so that you won't run into the blockade anymore!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Hunter of the lib hunter

    I swear, elected republicans are as dumb as a chumbucket.

    September 21, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. GL

    That right keep making the Republicans vote against the people of this country so the can really lose big time in Nov.

    September 21, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Kathie Arbogast

    It is about time someone realized the middle class supports this country and did something to help them instead of helping the rich company CEOs and big business

    September 21, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I want that vote too, and I want it BEFORE they go back into recess before the elections...

    I want to know where to put my vote.

    September 21, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. John Libertarian from NY

    As much as I want a tax cut, I have one question. A tax cut would enable individuals to spend, invest or save (oops saving is discouraged by our stupid governement). But how will this reduction in income by goverenemnt be paid for. What is getting cut, please do the math there are many excellent choices for reduction in goverenment. If the governement would simly get out of the way something might actually work in a positive manner.

    September 21, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. NotFooled

    Do it, force the vote and then make the republicans justify their votes against it.

    Republicans have had no problem in the last 18 months showing their outright contempt and cyncism for the American working class, this would just be one more issue to add to the list.

    September 21, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    Go for it ! Find out who's willing to cut the deficit by filibustering extensions of Unemployment Benefits but aren't willing to cut the deficit by making the wealthy, who usually inherited their cash, pay for the deficit reduction.

    September 21, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tax the freakin rich. If they didn't create jobs during the shrub's administration that's too bad. That will be more money in the pockets of the middle class.

    September 21, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. D-block

    We already know what's going to happen. The GOP are goining to say no!!!! The only question is how many Democrats will go along with them to save their jobs instead of doing what's right for the middle class. Fools!!!!! You gotta give it up for the GOP, they sure know how to punk Democrats.

    September 21, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. All the news that is fit to omit

    For 10 years we heard from the Lieocrats and the all too compliant media that the tax cuts were only for the wealthy OVER AND OVER etc, etc.

    Now all of a sudden the myth is burst and EVERYONE who uh, uh, uh, uh ,uh pays taxes GOT A TAX BREAK and they worked until 2006 and then who took over the Congress back then?

    Now Oweblamo is trying to take credit for continuing ONE of the good ideas Bush had and making it sound like he is DOING US A FAVOR by NOT raising our taxes....

    How are you going to handle the Democrats (the 35-45 smart ones that KNOW THIS IS BAD to tax ANYONE)?

    Side deals as usual Mr Coward in chief?

    How about we cut your Auntie Z's freebies to start paying for this Barry?

    See you in November.

    September 21, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Steve- Illinois

    Since the National Bureau of Economic Research has declared the recession over, as of June 2009, prior to any of Obama's policies having time to take effect, this would mean the policies of George Bush is what pulled us out of the great recession! That would also infer that the Obama policies are responsible for causing the drag on the economy's comeback! All these anti-business, huge deficit bills being passed since President Obama took office is why the unemployment rate has spiked!
    You cannot raise taxes and expect the economy to improve! The Obama policies are failing! If 65% of the hiring comes from small business, why would you raise their taxes and still expect them to increase hiring?

    You cannot spend yourself OUT of bankruptcy, you spend yourself INTO it!!!

    Small business owners know this! Too bad this administration will only accept advice from academics! Hire some advisors that have actually worked for a living! Hire people who have been held accountable for accomplishing more than getting some kind of paper published in an acadmeic publication!

    Common Sense!!

    September 21, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Gerald flowers

    The reason the Repblicans are so confident is because the fix is in. Corporate money and media agitprop have convinced the electorate they are doomed if they vote in their own self interest. Healthcare? Net neutrality? Home grown green industry? Not on my watch! NO taxes on the wealthy? No regulation on corporate greed? Now thats America the Corporate!

    September 21, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    According to Wikipedia the percentage of Americans paying NO Federal Income tax is at record numbers!

    47%......... that's 47% of Americans paid NO Federal Income tax in 2009 nor 2010.

    So, my question is, why are the Teapers complaining about taxes????

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of No!

    September 21, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    It won't happen. The GOP will block it by finding some nonsense reason even if the proposal is to just extend all of the Bush tax cuts, even the ones for the ultra rich who clearly don't need it. They want the middle class to continue suffering and to blame the Dems, so they'll let the middle class taxes go up and then blame Obama and the Dems on some silly procedural grounds or by taking some ideogical "principled" stance that makes no pragmatic sense and bears no relation whatsoever to the facts or reality.

    September 21, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Dt

    No no what about the RICH FOLKS they cant survive without their tax cut, lol. aint that right neocons

    September 21, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Shawn-GA

    Why are you all so filled with hate and knee jerk reactions?

    This is just like the the don't-ask-don't tell that was a small portion and had no business being added to a military spending bill nor does the "dream" act that was also pinned to it.

    Even if this was to go ahead today they did not plan on even looking at it until November, they don't care they are just trying to win your votes.

    Same with this, they want you to think thy have your interest at heart while they are adding taxes, so sure your taxes will not be raised but your total taxes will be.

    Educate yourself and do not let them control you with emotional responses folks.

    September 21, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Willian, from Cali

    It's my hope , that both Parties, will just do what would be in the best interest of the Country and its citizens for a change...

    September 21, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. King

    THe rich had tax cuts for ten years now, theyve taken that money out of the economy putting it on the side line holding the american people as hostage until they get more tax break money. the rich have seen greener pasturs abroad to invest in and are bent on robbing this economy of our last dime to invest in china.

    September 21, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    All the obama led Democrats are trying to do is to gain votes when they no way in hell can they get any tax bills passed before Nov. Then afterwards if they get the vote kiss any tax cuts good buy. They are not a tax downsizing party.

    September 21, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. u2canfail

    This should pass easily. It is simple we need tax money, the rich are fine, the rest of us struggling.

    The rich with the caps and deductions don't even pay what the rest of us do. Warren Buffet proved this and challenged others to look and find out. They did not, they don't care.

    September 21, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Hunter of the lib hunter

    If Harry Reid voted against the defense appropriations that included repealing DADT, he can reintroduce it as he was on the prevailing side.

    September 21, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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