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December 4th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Democratic procedural votes on extending Bush tax cuts fail in Senate

CNN Wire Staff

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.

Both votes garnered the support of 53 senators, but the Democrats needed 60 votes to end debate.

"I am very disappointed that the Senate did not pass legislation that had already passed the House of Representatives to make middle class tax cuts permanent," President Barack Obama said afterward.

"I continue to believe that it makes no sense to hold tax cuts for the middle class hostage to permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans," he said, "especially when those high income tax cuts would cost an additional $700 billion that we don't have and would add to our deficit."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he is still hopeful about reaching a deal on tax cuts.

"Discussions continue," McConnell said at a news conference. "I am hopeful we will be able to resolve this. I am relatively confident that the end of this process will lead us to a very sensible decision not to raise taxes on anybody during a recession."

Despite the realization that neither would get the 60 votes to succeed, many Democrats said before the vote they wanted to get on-the-record in support of extending the lower rates to lower earners. They also want to contrast their ideas with Republican proposals to extend tax cuts for everyone, even those who are very wealthy.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Donna

    I want to know three things about the tax cut issue! How many small businesses at issue employ 3 or more? How did we get here after Clinton surplus? What is in the 23% "other" in the national budget? How can any citizen make an educated decision without these details?

    December 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  2. Fred

    Its really sad to see the american people split up in a big way. It used to be all for our Country,now its all for me the millionaires
    are not a small minority anymore,whats the big deal to help your Country? Obama is not helping matters he has been on a never ending Tour around the world,whats that cost? The need to actually get together to discuss matters is old fashioned. We can have virtual meetings andthe technology is good enough to look like you are really there.Instead a prolonged vacation Costing the tax payers big money.
    How much has our President spent just this year? Get real people its all a figment. We all are being taking for a ride down to never and nothing land!

    December 5, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  3. christina

    I wish that CNN would do poll after poll right away. I bet you will find that most AMericans do not support the tax breaks for the wealthiest of Americans. Let's let the Democrats know how real Americans feel.

    December 5, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  4. christina

    AS a middle class employee, I strongly support the Democrats sticking to their principle and not allowing the Bush tax cuts to continue for the wealthiest of Americans. Democrats need to realize that if they give up on this fight, they will forever be held hostage to the Republican threats that if they don't get all they want, they will vote against everything.

    WE cannot afford as a nation to give the wealthiest of Americans tax breaks. Remember the Clinton years when we had a surplus. How do you think that happened? It happened with not giving away precious funds to the wealthiest of Americans

    If the Bush tax cuts were so successful at creating jobs, then for the last 10 years, where are the jobs?????

    December 5, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  5. rs1201

    to categorize individuals making $200,000/yr and families making $250,000/yr as "rich" is ignorant and shows total lack of touch with reality. This segment of the population is constantly excluded from the "working Americans" by both Obama and the democrats. What exactly are we? How exactly do you think we earn these moneys? My younger son, an attorney in NYC, works on average about 20hrs/day and my older son, a surgeon, is in the operating room starting at 6am and doesn't stop until late into the night. Do Obama and the democrats not consider that "work"? Then, what is it?
    I'm not exactly enamored with the republicans but at least they don't have their hands in my pocket as the democrats do.

    December 5, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  6. Marconi Darwin

    Obama will cave in to the GOP and extend tax cuts for everyone for two years. In return he'll get to use part of the remainder of the stimulus to extend unemployment and will declare victory.

    The GOP will trounce the DINOs in 2012, yet again

    December 5, 2010 at 12:31 am |
  7. Christopher Bochniak

    Well, we all paying the price again and again

    Most American is brainwashed by GOP and their media Fox "News" own by Robert Murdoch and his Australian News Corp.'s What GOP in Washington is doing is very destructive for the long-term growth of American middle class and is damaging America competitive in the world.

    As of 2010, 40% of American voters identify themselves as conservatives, 36% as moderates, and 22% as liberals, though a strong majority of both liberals and conservatives describe themselves moderate.

    Wake up, America, It's our home so let's take care of it and not let the 40% conservative minority hijacks your life's and money. Perhaps it is time to create third party that represents everybody including ordinary people and not just a wealthy minority….

    December 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  8. Peter Bowman

    The Republican leadership simply does not work for the interests of the average American citizen.

    December 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  9. jefflz

    Obama has to make this "The Alamo" for the working people of this counbtry. He cannot back down in anyway on the extension of tax cuts for the wealthiest top 2%.

    December 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm |