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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-19-12 12:11 PM
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Senate (Conserva)Dems balk at ending Bush-era tax rates on wealthy without a deficit deal
From Alexander Bolton at The Hill this morning:


A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit.

At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year.

That gives Senate Republicans a chance to push a temporary extension similar to the deal Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) struck with President Obama in December of 2010.

.....




Well, now, WHO had any trouble predicting THAT? What we have is history repeating itself, yet again.




These conservative stragglers need to be replaced by progressive voices.


Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)

Senator Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas)

Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.)
----he's leaving the Senate

Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) ----he's leaving the Senate

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
----who also just voted to continue sugar subsidies flowing to a very small number of highly profitable sugar barons, including the billionaire Fanjul family of South Florida, ensuring that sugar prices remain high. (But that's another story.)




This absolutely says it all. It makes me ill.


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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has faced a deluge of attack ads by outside groups in her reelection campaign, said she is willing to consider a temporary extension of all Bush tax cuts in the spirit of compromise.




This woman, in particular, has spectacularly blown it.





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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-19-12 02:58 PM
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1. Let them balk all they want, just so long as they don't act -- and the tax cuts automatically end.
Hey, if they balk, give the runner the next base. ;-)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-12 09:27 AM
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2. Duh? If they extend the Obama tax cuts, what leverage would Democrats have?
(Bush tax cuts expired under their own terms on December 31, 2010, when Bush had less than no ability to extend them. Continuing to refer to them as Bush tax cuts is inaccurate. The tax cuts we have labored under since January 1, 2011 were a product of a deal that Obama cut with McConnell, to the chagrin of Democratic Senators, though they disgracefully rubber stamped it anyway.)


Sorry, I will not be using my vote to replacing anyone with a "progressive." I am sticking with the left, thanks.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-12 12:58 PM
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3. The same people voted against food stamp program protective legislation yesterday.
These people, following along with Republicans, are refusing to support the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. They are ConservaDems who often vote with Republicans on issues that defy the will of the people they claim to represent.

This time, they want to protect the wealthy from having to pay their fair share in taxes.


Jon Tester (D-Montana)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)

Senator Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas)

Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.)

Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla)



Yesterday, the Senate voted to defeat legislation that would have protected the food stamp program, would have increased funding for the fruit and vegetable program, and would have been offset by a limit on crop insurance reimbursements to providers.


It failed, with 66 Nay votes. Of the 24 Democrats who voted against this nutritional legislation, the same seven names above are on the list.



U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 2nd Session

Vote Summary

Question: On the Amendment (Gillibrand Amdt. No. 2156 As Modified )

Vote Number: 135 Vote Date: June 19, 2012, 06:35 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Amendment Rejected

Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 2156 to S. 3240 (Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012)

Statement of Purpose: To strike a reduction in the supplemental nutrition assistance program and increase funding for the fresh fruit and vegetable program, with an offset that limits crop insurance reimbursements to providers.




The Democrats voting against this nutritional legislation:


Baucus (D-MT)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Carper (D-DE)
Conrad (D-ND)

Durbin (D-IL)
Franken (D-MN)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)

Johnson (D-SD)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Manchin (D-WV)

McCaskill (D-MO)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE) --is leaving the Senate
Pryor (D-AR)
Stabenow (D-MI)

Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA) --is leaving the Senate




We must stop electing people who act like Republicans.








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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-12 11:41 PM
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5. Mark Warner's name has been bandied about as a Presidential possibility and I
believe that he will be giving the Keynote at the Democratic National Convention this summer--the one Clinton gave before he ran and Obama gave at the 2004 convention.

Al Franken???? Color me disappointed--again. I had held out some hope that he would step into the shoes of Senator Sanders some day.
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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-12 07:05 PM
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4. Tough
They better gave enough votes to override an Obama veto. Sick to death of weenies dems
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