McConnell warns of filibuster on tax bill
December 1st, 2010
08:31 PM ET
12 years ago

McConnell warns of filibuster on tax bill

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans will filibuster any bill that doesn't extend Bush-era tax cuts to all income groups, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday.

"The reality is that 42 Republican senators don't believe we should raise taxes on anybody, and there are also an indeterminate number of Democrats who agree with that," McConnell told CNN.

"You know how the Senate works," he said, referring to Senate rules that allow just 41 votes to filibuster legislation. "We're going to have an extension of all the current tax rates, the only issue is how long."

McConnell's comments came as talks were underway down the hall from his office between congressional Republicans and Democrats and White House officials about how to extend the Bush tax cuts.

It's no secret that this is the Senate Republican position on this issue, but for McConnell to be so blunt with demands even as bipartisan talks are underway suggests Republicans are not negotiating with flexibility.

Most Democrats are pushing for an extension of tax cuts just for families earning less that $250,000 a year although some have pushed to raise the threshold to $1 million. And as McConnell said, there are some Democrats who want extend all the tax cuts at least until the economy rebounds.

Earlier President Barack Obama spoke to reporters about the tax cut bill.

"I am confident that nobody wants to see taxes on middle-class families go up starting January 1st, and so there's going to be some lingering politics that have to work themselves out in all the caucuses, Democrat and Republican," Obama said. "But at the end of the day, I think that people of good will can come together."

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. dwayne

    Republicans want to skyRocket deficit – tax cuts for billionaires. JOBs JOBs The GOP fails us again.

    December 2, 2010 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  2. CTYank

    I admire Mr. Obama's optimism that the parties can work this out. Given the Republicans' total intrangisence on anything, I'd suggest that he prepare to bang heads (finally) with them on this.
    Like most bullies, they're really cowards; take the case to the people and don't let someone like McConnell frame the debate. Make it clear which masters he and Boehner serve (Koch Brothers, Bechtel, etc.) in this tax-cutting frenzy. Just the facts.

    December 2, 2010 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  3. dwayne

    Republicans say NO christmas for job less.

    December 2, 2010 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  4. dwayne

    FED under Bush Republican Administration spend 9 trillion on loans. JOBs JOBs The GOP fails us again.

    December 2, 2010 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  5. MastaFunk

    Stop thinking and MAKE it happen, just like ALL THOSE BEFORE you, made it happen.

    December 2, 2010 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  6. neil

    Wow big news here,republicans using the filibuster.They've only been doing that to every thing for the past four years.I heard they were changing their name to the fop.

    December 2, 2010 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  7. Chris

    Filibusters and tax cuts for the rich – that's all Republicans care about.

    Two-thirds of the American public don't want tax cuts for the rich extended. Where is all the outrage from the Right about "not listening to the American people" and that the GOP is cramming tax cuts down our throats?

    McConnell and company are basically going to hold Washington hostage and impose total gridlock – threatening to raise the taxes on 98% of the middle class and poor so that the 2% of the rich can get even more money.

    December 2, 2010 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  8. GJ

    McConnell is such a smug and shamelessly-political hack. If the Dems would have a back bone for once and remember we have the presidency, we can then highlight the fact that the GOP raised taxes on EVERYONE in order to protect the top 2%. Let it be known.

    December 2, 2010 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  9. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    OK folks if you haven't gotten the clue yet on who the Republicans are fighting for you never will. They are willing to hold up everything to make sure their friends the millionaires and billionaires are taken care of, but to hell with unemployed. To hell with safety and the Start treaty. To hell with DADT. To hell with needed regulations with the FDA. Folks if you are still using the when the rich prosper the rest of the country prospers line you are sorely mistaken, because if this were true they would have been putting their bags of money they have been getting from the past 10 years of tax cuts back into the economy and they didn't and they never will. It is all about greed and not about the Country.

    December 2, 2010 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  10. LGNY

    Here's a good task for the Tea Party reformers: abolish the fillibuster!

    It's not part of the Constitution. It's just part of the Senate's rules. It was "invented" by Senator Fillibuster in the 1850's. Until recently, it was rarely used and generally considered a distasteful extreme measure. Now, both parties use it (or the threat of it) routinely to assure that a 60/40 vote is the minimum for passing anything.

    The TP preaches strict adherence to the Constitution. Here's a good example where they can practice what they preach.

    December 2, 2010 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  11. wgf

    As someone who runs a small business, employs people and occaisionally makes over $250,000 a year, I can tell you that keeping the tax rates lower will have ABSOLUTELY NO IMPACT on whether I hire someone.

    Here's the math: Let's say I make $280,000. The extra 3% I would be paying is on the $30,000 over $250,000. So I would save $900 in taxes. This isn't even remotely close to being enough money to hire someone. But more than that, the decision to hire someone is much bigger than whether or not you have cash laying around. It's a matter of whether you think the business is there to support it over the long term.

    Also, for those who are unaware, FICA taxes aren't paid on income above $106,000. If you run your own business, then you pay both sides of that tax, which comes to 12.3%. So there's already a huge tax reduction once you hit that income level.

    The Republicans should stop pandering to the elite, and recognize that increased revenue, combined with expense reduction, is how you balance a budget.

    December 2, 2010 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  12. J

    Yeah right... the people of good will is not the repubs.

    December 2, 2010 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  13. tom

    Guess nothing is more important than getting your own way in politics.

    December 2, 2010 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  14. ChumBucket

    Hey, I don't care what you do to other people, just as long as I gets mine..

    Ain't that right America?

    December 2, 2010 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  15. jules sand-perkins

    Do not raise taxes on anybody at all. Nobody can aspire to great wealth in a nation that taxes the successful and spreads the wealth around those who refuse to earn their own survival. It is the aspiration to important wealth that fuels an economy, not the aspiration to beer money and cable TV.

    December 2, 2010 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  16. u2canfail

    No surprise here, Mc has already stated he will do anything to make Obama a 1 term President, then he is wealthy.

    Reducing the deficit was the campaign item for the GOP, and keeping the tax income in the USA, low, surely is going to work to reduce the deficit. AH, trickle down economics again? How is that working for us? It works for the wealthy, they get more.

    December 2, 2010 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  17. Katie

    Wow, there's something new, republicans fillibustering a bill.

    This clown is a traitor to his nation – all for cheap political gains. When the enrichment of the very wealthy takes precedence over the needs of the millions of unemployed and containing the deficit, there's something very wrong.

    December 2, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  18. JOhn

    The repulicans lie so much the media is starting to repeat thier BS. The Democrats are not "pushing for an extension of tax cuts just for families earning less that $250,000 a year". This tax break is for EVERYONE, across the board for the first $250K earned. Everyone gets the same break and the rate for money earned over that amount goes back to the rate it was under Clinton. This article is badly written to ignore that.

    December 2, 2010 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. beevee

    This idiot must know that americans voted for the GOP in the mid-term elections not to continues to be a party of NO but to work with the president of the united states. If they continue to be pigheaded and oppose president Obama's every proposal they may be out 2012.

    December 2, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  20. Duncan

    Anyone who claims that jobs will be lost because of a minor increase in their personal taxes over 200k are either doing their taxes incorrectly, are stupid or lying.

    December 2, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  21. anthony

    Democrats should tell McConnell two things: (1) if Republicans want to filibuster everything, then Democrats are going to do the same thing to Republicans so none of their agenda will pass either, and (2) if Republicans want the tax cuts extended, they will have to raise the debt ceiling. It will be irresponsible if Republicans want the tax cuts extended but refuse to raise the debt ceiling, since the tax cuts will get us to the debt ceiling quicker.

    December 2, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  22. Clwyd

    This lower life form, McConnell, needs to be made a CEO so he can rake in the $ from special interests and the millionaires and billionaire of the US!

    December 2, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
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