More at the link.Democrats and Republicans conducted an exercise in political theater Wednesday by holding Senate votes on their competing tax proposals, even though both appeared destined for failure.
The Democratic bill--which extends tax cuts through 2013 for all individuals except those who jointly earn over $250,000, passed in the Democratic-controlled Senate by a vote of 51 to 48. The bill saved Democrats the embarrassment of having a measure supported by the president fail in the chamber they control, but the bill has virtually no hope of passage in the Republican-controlled House.
The Republican bill, which extended tax cuts for all individuals, earlier failed by a vote of 45 to 54.
My first reaction was, frankly, amazement that the Senate was actually able to have votes on these proposals. What happen, the filibuster machine broke?
Link to the vote on the Democrat proposal. (The one that passed.)
For those who want the summary. Persons breaking Party ranks: None. (Sanders voted with the D's. Lieberman voted with the R's. Kirk didn't vote.)And I think this is the vote on the Republican proposal.
Persons breaking Party ranks: Pryor (D-AR) voted with the R's. Brown (R-MA), Colins (R-ME), Lieberman (ID-CT), Sanders (I-VT) voted with the D's.(It's a vote on whether to amend the Democrat proposal. I can't find any information about what the amendment was (apparently that doesn't show up on their web site till later). But it's the only vote I see that looks like it might be it. And the vote, 45-54, with pretty much the R's voting in favor, and the D's against, matches the vote count from the article.)
(Also observing that apparently, there were bunches of cloture votes, too. Virtually all of them failing.)
Looking forward to seeing how the R's, and their supporters, justify unanimously voting against extending the Bush tax cuts for 99% of Americans.