December 12th, 2010
12:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Durbin pushes for tax vote

(CNN) –– Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that Democrats "will need Republican support" to pass a tax package negotiated by President Obama with Republicans, though he declined to say whether he thinks the deal will pass the Senate.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Durbin, D-Illinois, said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has "promised" GOP backing on the deal to extend tax cuts.

Durbin said he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, have been counting votes and making calls throughout the weekend to drum up support for the plan, which is garnering intense backlash from Democrats.

Durbin indicated that many House Democrats, who risked political capital to pass health care reform and the stimulus package, were angry by Obama's decision go against a campaign pledge by backing a deal with Republicans to extend tax cuts for wealthy Americans.

"When I try to project the thinking of many in the House, they really have sacrificed for this president," Durbin said, adding that many Democratic House members "paid a dear price for it in the last election."

He said of the plan, "The one defining issue, the real difference between Democrats and Republicans in terms of economic justice, it appears this agreement doesn't honor what we think are the true values and principles of our party."

But, Durbin still made a push for passage of the bill before the end of the lame duck session.

"In three weeks Republicans take over the House of Representatives," Durbin said. "We have to accept the reality."

"It is the only stimulus we can bring to this economy. We need to work together to pass it, and hope that this economy gets well."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It will be interesting to see if republicans actually support this. It does contain their tax cuts for billionaires, but it appears that the GOP Bagger 'Meth and Mountain Dew' base does not want to help those who are unemployed.

    December 12, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I have been reminded to be careful about criticizing GOP Baggers, as if one gets angry, the whole trailer park will be mad.

    December 12, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    The Dems need to stop whining and realize this is the best deal we're going to get from the rethugs, who'd sooner bring down the country than give up their tax cuts for the rich. Obama did what needed to be done. he recognized the reality that he's dealing with an intractible enemy in the republican party. the deal will be good for the economy and the unemployed. just pass it!

    December 12, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. thor

    Adding an increase of 900 billion to the nation's debt over the next 5 years doesn't make a lot of sense to me since it's not paid for.And placeing sweetners to get people's votes for passage and calling them enhancements instead of earmarks is typical of politicians.IN 2012 we should hold everyone accountable for their vote on this pork laden legislation.

    December 12, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. vic nashville tn

    I watch the full interview I respect Senator Durbin I agree some of his view

    President never gets what he wants from republicans then why he is negotiates with them

    Fareed Zakaria today’s opening points 1000% true

    December 12, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. sharon

    For those who don't understand Pres Oama situation, let me try to make it simple. What woul you do? Your boss want to hire someone parttime but in order to do he ask you to reduce your hours to parttime and still keep your benefits. If you refuse you may suffer consequence. This was Pres Obama delema.. Either refuse totally or partial agree with benefits. Again what would you do?

    December 12, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    The Democrats can so easily be fooled by political spinmeisters it is comical to watch. The tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year include many times more millionaires in number than the tax cuts for those making more than $250,000.
    In other words, most millionaires in America bring home less than $250,000 a year. Look it up. What a scam.

    December 12, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. americacares88

    "I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." Second Inaugural Address, Washington, D.C., January 20, 1937.FDR. History is repeating itself thanks to the GOPs inability to learn from the mistakes of the past.

    December 12, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Louisiana Man

    Why do the struggling working class have to bow down and lick up to support this nonsensical bill that would filter the uranium to the elite wealthy and give the rest of us the shaft.

    It speaks volumes about the mindset of the GOP whose supporters think their rich-
    Funny how the drones and minions of the GOP must NEVER be–
    unemployed, need unemployment benefits, have great medical insurance, need to ask government agencies for help-
    have been the benefactors of all those jobs that were created for the past ten yrs- all three-thanks to bush's tax cuts and ALL those net investments that resulted in jobs- and of course have all gotten rich and blubbery on the middle class tax cut that idoit bush bestowed upon them.


    December 12, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    Let the tax cuts expire. It won't hurt the middle class nearly as much as predicted. When these cuts were originally passed the complaint was that they were grossly in favor of the rich.

    Let them expire. Wait three months. Then draft a new bill. Obama would be able to get his entire agenda in one fell swoop. The only thing the GOP is truly in favor of is tax cuts for the rich. They will agree to anything to get them.

    December 12, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Fed Up

    The poor little Dems got their feelings hurt in November, so now they are pouting. Poor babies!

    December 12, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |