Votes on extending Bush tax cuts fail in Senate
December 4th, 2010
10:59 AM ET
12 years ago

Votes on extending Bush tax cuts fail in Senate

Washington (CNN) - Two Senate procedural votes on Democratic measures to extend George W. Bush-era tax cuts for people who are not super wealthy failed on Saturday, preventing the measures from moving forward.

The votes sought to extend the Bush tax cuts for families making under $250,000 and $1 million, respectively.


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  1. GOP is the Party of no hope!

    Tax cut for the upper income should expire. Only when a business is expanding or hiring is when tax cuts should kick in. If you give a upper tax cuts base on a weak economy, how fast do you think the rich/wealthy would want the economy to recover? You have strict condition attach to the upper tax cuts. Plus this takes tax cuts off the table for good.

    December 4, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Marry

    Surprise! Ah yes, the GOP/TP! What did you expect???? The GOP/TP working for YOU??? Not if you belong to 98% of the people that are not their buddies! You should have known when you went into the voting booth. But, since you cannot be convinced to vote for your own interests – just makes it easier for the GOP/TP to rip you off. Always the same game…

    December 4, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Bessy

    For all of you unhappy people out there, how many of you vote Republican ? If you do, you are getting what you voted for. The Republicans never lied. They said that this is what they would do. Now we all have to live with it.

    December 4, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Babe

    Why aren't the protesters and picketers outside the Capitol right now with signs exhorting Congress to not pass tax cuts for the wealthy, who are now paying the lowest taxes of their lives? It is shameful for any Republican (or any other Congressman for that matter) to claim he/she is interested in cutting the deficit and still fight for tax breaks for the rich. For those questioning where the money for extending unemployment will come, the answer should be from NOT cutting taxes for the wealthy. Extending unemployment serves as an important lifeline for too many Americans who are in dire need of it; unemployment is also an important and effective stimulus for the country. Let’s be honest and not use pithy phrases that protect special interests. No one of the super-rich will solve any economic problems by having lower taxes. Why not considering saving the country and taxing those who can afford to go back to tax rates they’ve had most of their lives, such as under Reagan and Clinton? At this point in time, I consider Mitch McConnell and John Boehner to be traitors to their country. They are pompous, overblown, overfed sycophants who do not have the cerebral brain matter to even understand the damage they do to this country in the name of satisfying their personal benefactors. I wish they could be censured for their unsavory behavior.

    December 4, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. LGNY

    A portion of the Democrats voted against the measure, while 100% of the Republicans voted against it. Is it really the case that there is not a single Republican that represents an area that believes in the legislation. I truly feel that the Republican legislators represent the Republican party, not the voters who put them into office.

    While I would prefer to see more Democrats vote for it, I can respect that some have a brain and can decide to vote against their party. That characteristic is totally missing in the current crop of Republicans. Over and over again, each member votes as a single block.

    December 4, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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