Let the record show that the measure passed the Senate with 53 votes. Oh yeah, of course that means that it did NOT actually pass. Â Why not? Because Senate Republicans filibustered it, despite the fact that a majority of americans wanted it passed*. Â Why did they filibuster? Because the legislation did not include an extension of the Bush tax cuts for those making MORE than 250K.
Not the first time. There have been many Republican filibusters in 2010- minority dictating policy in every case. Once upon a time you had to stay on your feet talking in order to hold up legislation. Now you don't even have to break a sweat, you just need 40 votes and nothing passes.
An alternative advanced by Senator Chuck Schumer and others (but opposed by the White House) Â would have let rates rise ONLY FOR incomes over $1 million. The vote was 53-37, also seven short of the 60 needed.
Schumer supplied the political context. "I'm going to be here for the next year, next two years, to remind my colleagues that they were willing to increase the deficit $300 billion to give tax breaks to people who have income over a million dollars," he said in a reference to the 2012 elections.
Gee, that spells it out.