Today, Senate Republicans blocked progress on a package of tax extenders. Republicans refused to invoke cloture and advance the bill because they said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would not allow them to offer votes on their amendments. Cloture on the tax cut measure failed 53 to 40 with 60 votes needed to advance. Republicans wanted to offer amendments to repeal the Affordable Care Act medical device tax and strike the wind production tax credit from the Senate package.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said, “We have a tax bill here that members from both sides want to improve and support. Yet we don’t get a chance to amend it. Democrats have turned the Senate into a graveyard of good ideas and good democratic debate.”
Reid countered, “I’ve already said we will be allowed to have amendments but [they] have to be related to the bill … but they want to offer them on everything. I think it’s just outrageous that they are going to try to kill things on this phony issue.” Reid added, “If they’re interested in more amendments why don’t we let Sen. Wyden and Sen. Hatch see what they can come up with.”
Ranking Finance member Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said, “We'll get through this bill one way or the other.”