December 13th, 2010
06:01 PM ET

Update: Tax deal clears key Senate hurdle

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CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - The hotly contested tax deal reached by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill cleared a key procedural hurdle Monday as at least 60 senators voted to end debate on the measure, according to an unofficial CNN count.

An official final tally was not immediately declared in order to allow voting to continue for senators delayed by winter weather.

Final Senate approval could come as early as Tuesday.

"Americans aren't interested in scapegoats," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. "They're interested in regaining our prosperity. ... And with this bipartisan compromise, we're finally giving these people a voice in this debate."

Disgruntled House Democrats, however, may try to change the deal, one of their leaders warned prior to the vote.

"What form the bill comes to the floor in is something that's under discussion and debate," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Senate "will have an opportunity to work its will, but there will be ... discussions as to the form it takes when it arrives" for the House vote.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Hopefully, this bill will pass both houses of Congress without much grandstanding or delaying. I am tired of all the bipartisan fussing that goes on whenever the Congress tries to do anything.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
  2. Robert Stroney

    "Americans aren't interested in scapegoats," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. "They're interested in regaining our prosperity. ..."

    You are correct about the "regaining" part. The only way to regain prosperity is to create it; we need to rebuild the manufacturing sector; the sector we out-sourced along with the Middle Class. I suggest with this $800billion + bailout, Republicans rebuild the manufacturing sector; time to rebuild all the roads and bridges of the U.S.A. That's for starters. Next, we really need a really fast train like Asia is building / has. This train has to hit all major cities bringing us closer together. Do this – and we'll think about extending those tax benefits – forever, but not before then! You've got two years! Get busy!

    America needs to make things again; how are your grandchildren ever going to pay for "this error", unless we start making things; making steel & steel byproducts, today? Not all grandchildren were born to be rocket scientists and only 6400 of the wealthiest families – it won't matter if they are smart or not – cause they're rich! The rest of us – need to have permanent full time secure employment, so get crackin' Mr. Republican! With less than 10 years until the Federal Government goes BROKE, I suggest you move a little faster, Gentlemen.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  3. Darryl - Tampa

    If taxes for the rich stays in the bill – we are in trouble in 2 years..

    December 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm |