The legislation prevailed 51-48 — a vote that signals Democrats would ultimately be willing to allow tax cuts for high-income earners to expire at the end of the year.
Republicans aided Democrats in the effort, by agreeing to drop their filibuster and allow the legislation to pass or fail on a simple majority basis. But Wednesday’s tight roll call nevertheless required Vice President Joe Biden to chair the Senate’s proceedings if, in a rare exercise of his constitutional duties as president of the Senate, his vote was needed to break a tie. [...]
For the purposes of the current campaign, Senate Democrats’ actions Wednesday reinforce some of Obama’s key arguments to voters: that wealthier Americans should contribute more than they do to financing the country’s infrastructure, safety net and other programs; and that Republicans would rather block tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the middle class than see tax cuts benefiting only the country’s highest income earners expire.
Senate Republicans offered a competing bill to extend all of the Bush tax cuts for one year, but the measure was defeated 45-54. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) crossed the aisle to voted with most Republicans in support of that legislation. Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) voted with Democrats.
Wednesday’s development places the onus of avoiding the full expiration of the Bush tax cuts on House Republicans. They are expected to pass legislation next week to extend all of the Bush tax cuts — but the Senate has already rejected that proposition. That leaves the Senate Democrats’ bill as the only viable vehicle for preventing everyone’s taxes from increasing next year.
Whoops. I don't think this is what Senate Republicans were hoping for.
Oh, and by the way, Dean Heller voted against this bill. So in essence, Dean Heller wants to raise our taxes if the super-rich have to pay more. If you ask me, that just seems downright scandalous.
We all know Dean Heller has been hiding something behind his "supreme confidence". Now, we have a better sense of what he's been hiding. So he actually doesn't mind raising taxes... So long as it hits the middle class and working poor.
Why is that? Take a look at this, then come back and tell me. It's all about Heller "dancing with those who brung him".
So keep this in mind next time Dean Heller talks about "cutting taxes". And keep this in mind next time Dean Heller talks about "fixing the economy". He really doesn't seem to know much about either.