Votes on extending Bush tax cuts fail in Senate
December 4th, 2010
10:59 AM ET
10 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. Joe

    Will just one Republican explain to me how they can be in favor of tax cuts for the very wealthy and insist we have to lower the deficit at the same time? This goes beyond "voodoo economics."

    December 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. LouAz

    Let them eat cake. You betcha !

    December 4, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Carmelle

    So the repubs are holding the middle class hostage so they can get what their rich donors paid them to get?!?!


    December 4, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Dan Beach

    Let them all expire..then by executive order issue a full refund check(one you can hold in your hand) to those making under 250K

    December 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    How shameful that 50% of Americans could care less what their Congressional leaders are doing (or not) , and the other 50% equate the decisions being made as a winner takes all football game.

    That we liken our country to the land of opportunity and consider ourselves filled with christian goodwill is the biggest oxymoron of all time.

    December 4, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Sabrina

    The tax cuts were given, when there was a "projected" surplus, tax cuts generally stimulate an economy. Ours failed.
    The Republicans are "worried" about the deficeit, yet want to raise the debt giving it to the rich. Why bother keeping the tax cuts(BUSH) when they aren't doing anything now or in the past except helping the rich get richer and business going overseas for cheaper labor while "expanding" Middleclass cannot afford this any longer. I would prefer to get on the debt and not reduce programs and not give more to the rich and pay a little more if it is going to be best in the long run for all. This is nothing more then nonsense. If the facts are true, then use good brains in doing what is right and best. There should be no debate, its all baloney. Honestly, this nation has always operated in debt, and making more people homeless in this nation while giving the rich people moer luxury vacations or goods is NOT the answer

    December 4, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. LoriP

    Republicans have always been in favor of protecting their millionaire's a sad fact. Those of us in the middle class have always had a tougher time of it. The old saying, "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer" is the motto of the Republican party. There will never be a bipartisan agreement on this subject...guess we all better be prepared to get "screwed" by those we put in office again (although I am a democrat – didn't vote any repubs in at all!!!).

    December 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. alan. saint louis

    It time for the republicans to pay back their special interest. The ones the republicans only care about. Not the ignorant low iq sheep they feed sound bites to. Now republicans going to use trickle down BS sound bites to their sheep to protect there special interest. Telling them millionaires will give them free hand outs if they don't pay taxes. What really sad is that there sheep actually feed into it to hate the black man lol.

    December 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. sherry

    Name the senators that voted against the middle class tax cuts. Who voted no? I know the republicans did. Whiich dems did this?

    December 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Scott

    @Joe: Because history has shown that lowering taxes encourages economic growth and the solution to this problem isn't taxation, it's a healthy economy and smaller, efficient government.

    December 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Dan Beach

    So Boehner where are the jobs created by this tax cut? please cite just one...other than yours

    December 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. AZ Dem

    Why is it that the Republicans think they are doing such a great thing by holding middle class taxes hostage. If the taxes expire it won't be the Dems fault because they are willing to extend them for middle class Americans. If the Republicans want the wealthiest 3% to keep their cut then let them search for the 60 votes they need in the 112th Congress. I DO NOT want the Dems to cave if the tax rates expire for everyone SO BE IT we'll need to raise taxes at some point anyway ti get out of this deficit

    December 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Indie Woman in Denver

    Look, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, we can see that you and your fellw GOPers, i.e., the Emperors, are NEKKID! Stop spewing all that chicken crap and do what the American middle class needs: jobs, jobs, jobs. And in lieu of that, pass tax cuts for up to $250k, extend unemployment benefits, and do NOT try to repeal the health insurance improvements passed earlier this year. And the improvements could have been better if y'all hadn't spewed all that chicken crap about government death panels. So how are insurance company death panels any better than gov't death panels?

    December 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Chris

    How about jobs that have been created NOW? Unemployment is almost at 10 percent! Yeah, let's blame that on Bush too.

    December 4, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Chris

    let them expire, so that the GOP has to explain to the middle class why the feel the wealthy should get a break!

    December 4, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. New Age Independant

    One thing liberals fail to understand is that increasing taxes on those who provide jobs will only result in the slicing of more jobs. Perhaps you don't really care about living off welfare checks, but I do. As the tax system stands now, the "rich", most of which are farmers and small business owners, already pay the overwhelming majority of taxes. The top 5% pay 50% of all income taxes. The top 50% pay 95% of all income taxes!!! Can you seriously say that this system promotes jobs as it stands? Are you so naive to think that the consumer wont pay the price? Is it any wonder why so many businesses take their work offshore?

    December 4, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Bitter Old White Men of The Got Obama Psychosis party

    So lets give Paris Hilton a new swimming pool, while we stick it to the unemployed and middle class.

    December 4, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. harrhar

    How do they manage to get people to vote for them other than just that 2% they are fighting for? I really don't get it. But democrats have been such a disappointment – they should've done these things when they could. Hopeless mess no matter what.

    December 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. DAVE

    WOW! and to think yesterday i thought bad of the republicans. i really thought they only cared about %1 of the american tax payers! imagin my suprise when to day it turned out to be %2 of the tax payers. thats %100 better than i thought of them before. at this rate they should get around to caring about the middle class in 30 or 40 years. at any rate i won't see it happen in my life time because i am already 60 years old. that means that they really are going to try to help the grandchildern they are so concerned about. hemm! i wonder what kind of new curency my grandchildern will be using than? well at least i am sure their will be a new batch of rich people than because the rich people we have now have got allot of this failing curency they seem to think will still have any value when the republicans get done with their great trickle down, supply side economic, and free trade at any cost experiment.

    December 4, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. todd

    i love it the dems still control the house and senate and STILL get nothing done . This is why they got thier but kicked on nov2!

    December 4, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. stevetall

    Typically Republican... Screw the rest of us because you can't get you way in providing so much to those who need it least. Remind me, please. Who voted these pinheads into a position of representtion in the first place? Oh, yeah. It was all the half-smart, morally bankrupt citizens who know nothing about equality, justice, and tolerance. Wake up, America. The Republican Dream has nothing of substance to offer us.

    December 4, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Outside Observer

    Dan Beach is right. Let the Bush tax cut expire and refund middle class making 250K and less via Executive Order for a year if that is possible and feasible. Then Dems to introduce legislation in the next Congress to make it permanent. This way the burden is on the Republicans to act on it or not. Sounds like a good strategy. Tax cut for the middle class is proper because they are the majority of the spenders and to keep spending level as is. Tax cut for the top 2% did not and will not create jobs because it wasn't spent to create jobs, otherwise there wouldn't be a job crisis. Seen that since 2001. Take that a money back to reduce deficit or spend it to infrasrtucture projects that creates job domestically. There are good policies already out there to stimulate the economy, the provision of credit to small businesses to expand as well as tax breaks for those businesses hiring domestically. This government has done so much already in policies, social entitlements and help to those middle class who was hardly hit by the recession, it could have done more if the other party has tried to lend a helping hand. In times like this, all ideological differences and all special interests should be set aside and work together especially when the former administration's party's policies impacted negatively the economy and the current one is trying the best it can to help stabilize it and look for those who'd been hardly hit.

    December 4, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. billy

    I don't understand why Republicans would hold hostage tax cuts for the middle class to ensure millionaires get huge tax cuts too. How can they say they are serious about lowering the deficit when they want to spend $700B on millionaires?

    December 4, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    ok America THIS is what you voted for on Nov 2nd so BUCK UP and deal with it!

    December 4, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. sharon

    Here a thought...Can we sue the Ruplicans for holding us hostages and stealing our livilyhood? Its just a thought. Anyone care to respond.

    December 4, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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