McConnell warns of filibuster on tax bill
December 1st, 2010
08:31 PM ET
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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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  1. King

    Mcconly is the worst senator in the senate. Lesson! Though popular believes that the rich is the backbone of this country that is straight up LIE. DEMAND is what runs this country. Why do you see all these supply people bend over backward to get the people's demand money on black Friday, with their 50s and 60s percent off sales. Where there is demand big corporations will skin each other alive to get our money. THE REBUILDIING AMERICA PROJECT PROGRAM (RAPP) is the way to the future. This allow the fed to hire 6 to 7 million people directly to modernize america's infrastructure and transportation systems including NASA by using the 700 billion dollars of tax cut money going to the rich. Big corporations are constantly stocking trillions of dollars of demand money on the sidelines, and refuse to recycle it back into the economy, to get America working again, the government need to intervene and utilize some of this trillions. The employment of millions will get the unemployment rate to drop under 7 percent immediately. The states will get their money through states taxes, and businesses will reap the demand money from 7 million new customers.

    December 2, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  2. Aaron

    Let all of the tax cuts expire, then the Dems can scream that the Repubs raised taxes, beat them at their own game.

    December 2, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  3. Craig

    Why don't the Republicans admit why they want to extend tax breaks for the rich? They should just say that by giving tax breaks to the rich, the rich are able to contribute more to their campaigns. We already know tax breaks for the rich do NOT create jobs. It didn't happen under Reagan and it didn't happen under junior. The only other reason for it is they want that money back for their next campaign. Since McConnell has already said that their top priority is to make President Obama a one-term President. Way to put your constituents first.

    December 2, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Well at least we know who 42 of the political whores are in the Senate..

    December 2, 2010 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  5. CuadRose

    If anyone is surprised that the Republicans in Congress aren't going to do the job that the people have asked them to.....where have you been. Pay attention! They collect their paychecks and all their benefits without interruption while they sacrifice the middle class and all other lower socio-economic levels. They protect the rich and themselves and there are a few Dems doing the exact same thing.

    What we can count on is for them to continue to line their pockets with our tax dollars and the payoffs they get from who they really work for. Come on people speak them on what they are doing. They use a lot of words to say the same same thing over and over and get nothing done that is in the favor of the American people.

    They want to see America and Americans fail. Their efforts are only focused on blocking anything the Obama Administration wants to do that is in the best interest of America and the American people. They are so come you are not willing to see that.

    December 2, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |

    McConnell is a disgrace. A petty, little man with no ideas of his own. One of the biggest crooks in government. He comes from Kentucky where one expects this kind of behavior. I can't wait until Rand Paul joins up with him. What a pathetic pair.

    Filibuster all you want. Any chance of being a majority in 2012 is doomed.

    December 2, 2010 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  7. guestguestguest

    so why even have the farce of elections or the legislative process if the Republicans will blatantly hold the entire process hostage until they bully everyone into getting their way?

    God help us all if this is the "leadership" they are choosing to display.

    December 2, 2010 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  8. Spencer

    My family has made over $250K for about a year, but our debts from student loans are higher yet. We've only had this income for two seconds, and we could loose it just as quickly, so if something's got to be taxed, it should be WEALTH, not income. Most incomes over $250K are also incredibly instable, because it's hard to maintain such earnings year after year. This means that the Democrat stance is that as soon as a person succeeds even just this much, they should be taxed back into income mediocrity. Instead, we should be applauding and encouraging higher incomes, and the ambition and hard work needed to earn them, if indeed our national ambition is to spur economic activity rather than punish success.

    December 2, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  9. freda

    President Obama, don't you know those republicans who want to demoralize everything you want are not "people of good wil"? Give them as much as they give you. Boehner, McConnell and Cantor are monsters that have to be dealt with. Just like they are working for the millionaires/billionaires, we want you to work for us and DO NOT BEND ONE BIT when it comes to the tax cuts. We are depending on you. Listening to McConnell's plan not to vote on anything until they have their way is very, very scary. Please, Mr. President, do not bend. We need you to speak up for us.

    December 2, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  10. Mark Collins

    Then, bring a bill to lower the 2011 tax rate for the other tax bracket McConnell! You wont, because you know the people dont want that. They want the demo bill. We aint all as dumb as you hope we all are.

    December 2, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  11. Squigman

    As long as your wealthy friends get what they want, the word filibuster never appears. And what of all your wealthy friends? Where are all the jobs created by (your wealthy friends)? Where will all of this so called trickle down economic growth come from? Just look at the good thats been done since the republican party took power in 1996, and held power till 2006. I'm sure statistics will prove that the addition of jobs to the country has been just short of amazing. What a bunch of low life creeps, and what a mis-informed electorate we have. WAKE – UP.

    December 2, 2010 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  12. Another Reformed Republican

    Let this mealy-mouthed racist fillibuster all he wants. Let the republican obstructionists show Americans who they really support.

    December 2, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  13. GOP is holding the country hostage!

    Dear, Mr. President. The GOP will take full responsibility for the economy and national sercurity with their lastest threat. Let all taxes expire and put the burden on the GOP. What the GOP really wants is the Democrats to raise the Debt Ceiling before they take control.

    December 2, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  14. BJ

    The 3 clowns and their croonies of the Republican Party are terrible. The Democrats that can't stand the heat should resign. And as for the people that voted these folks in or did not show up at the polls – you get what you deserve. We can't have unemployment benefits unless they are paid for at $18 billion dollars to extend them. On the other hand these crooks want to give the rich a tax break that will cost the Government $700B and they haven't said a damn thing about how they will pay for them. Perhaps they will eliminate schools and hospitals to cover the expense. Thse people are despicable and I am glad I will never have to meet any of them. And Obama, do not shake hands with the devil. Wise up they are simply horrible human beings.

    December 2, 2010 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  15. Scott

    People of good will? Ha. Mitch McConnell and his ilk are not of good will at all they are the ill wind that blows through politics these days. Imagine, the gall of these guys vowing to filibuster anything if they don't get their way. I guess that's the status of republican crybabies these days. Crybabies.

    December 2, 2010 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  16. Vann

    Well that's just smart. If the Republicans filibuster long enough and delay the vote past the end of the year, then everyone, the wealthy and the middle class alike, will all get a tax hike.


    December 2, 2010 02:23 am at 2:23 am |

    The reality is 42 GOP senators do not represent the "American people". The GOP is not even close to a majority and without independents swinging back and forth the November elections would have had a completely different outcome.

    The entire elected republican leadership are a pack of obstructionists. They have not lifted a finger to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.

    December 2, 2010 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  18. Peter s

    Go for it then explain to the American people why they are jobless now! if those tax cuts worked then!!. Please republicans explains to us why you keep on asking whether the middle class tax cuts is paid for but you never ask whether Bush tax cuts is paid for! your line of reasoning is pathetic if the Bush tax cuts truly create jobs how comes they are still in effect yet they have generated zero jobs!!. Rhetoric over please govern!! otherwise the El Niño which ushered you in will be replaced La Niña scorching you out!!

    December 2, 2010 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  19. Tony P. Fremont, Calif.

    McConnel's warning makes an attempt to threaten America of NO debate on tax cuts if there is no premptive agreement on ALL tax brackets receiving those tax cuts within the debate. How ludicrous.... I think this "idiot', and I use the word loosely, doesn't seem to realize any bill can be voted in agreement to move forward for debate, including a bill inclusive of tax cuts for the upper 2% wage earners, until after it's passage, when a Presidential veto over tax cuts for the top 2% wage earners would send the bill back to the Senate for a simple majority vote by Reconciliation requiring only 51 votes, as a budgetary bill deems. In essence, McConnel's empty threat would accomplish nothing to prevent the exclusion of tax cuts for the upper 2% wage earners potentially adding $700 billion to our deficit. It's all "show"....

    December 2, 2010 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  20. lakerman

    Taking care of your rich buddies and yourself while throwing the majority of the American public to the curb. Nice, Mitch, really nice

    December 2, 2010 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  21. Pat

    What ever happened to "up or down vote"?

    December 2, 2010 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  22. justintime

    Screw McConnell. That dude is starting to piss me off. Him and that fat cat neck waddle. As a hard working middle class American, he boils my blood.
    The country doesn't belong to him. WTF is his problem.

    December 2, 2010 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  23. McCain-in-4

    If the Honorable McConnell turns away any serious discussion of the START Treaty, he will be leading a very irresponsible band of Republicans. President Obama may not violate the START agreement, but the Russians will.

    December 2, 2010 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  24. ed

    i dont care if they raise taxes as long as they dont approve the dream act.

    December 2, 2010 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  25. texasmike

    Have the one vote for middle class tax extension only and FORCE republicans to dare vote NO to the middle class. Ignore the rich tax breaks altogether and force the Republican house to try and pass them separately in the new year, which will get either voted down in the Senate or vetoed by the President.
    Either way, I'd rather have my taxes go up a little to force rich bums to pay their fair share. They've been skating for too long. Everyone says the American economy will tank again anyway, what's the good of a tax break for the middle class if everyone loses their job anyway. The rich don't have to worry about anything, except maybe getting mobbed in the street and strung up somewhere.

    December 2, 2010 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
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