Update: House passes the Obama Middle Class Tax Relief Act

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Update to House to Vote on The Obama Middle Class Tax Relief Act Today.

The House of Representatives has passed the Obama Middle Class Tax Relief Act by a vote of 234 to 188. Only 3 Republicans voted for America's middle class. House Dems Pass Only Middle Class Tax Cut Bill. 20 Democrats, I suspect conservadem Blue Dog Democrats who lost their seats in November (hint: this is why) voted "nay." I will update when Thomas posts the roll call vote.

The Obama Middle Class Tax Relief Act makes permanent the current tax rates for individuals with taxable income up to $200,000 and couples filing jointly with taxable income up to $250,000, and makes small business tax credits permanent. The Bush tax cuts for higher income levels will sunset automatically on January 1 by design and revert to Clinton era tax rates on higher incomes (approximately 3 percent more). The House bill now goes to the Senate. Thank you Nancy Pelosi.

But I find this most distressing. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs issued this statement after the vote:

"The President continues to believe that extending middle class tax cuts is the most important thing we can do for our economy right now and he applauds the House for passing a permanent extension. But, because Republicans have made it clear that they won't pass a middle class extension without also extending tax cuts for the wealthy, the President has asked Director Lew and Secretary Geithner to work with Congress to find a way forward. Those discussions started just yesterday and are continuing this afternoon. The talks are ongoing and productive, but any reports that we are near a deal in the tax cuts negotiations are inaccurate and premature."

Dear Mr. President and Sen. Harry Reid:

Please don't f#%k this up with some bullshit compromise with capitulation to these insurrectionist Republicans holding our government hostage for tax cuts for the "two percenters."

This is a no-brainer, Senator. Let the Republicans offer their "millionaires and billionaires" amendment — it requires 60 votes for the Senate to consider an amendment. Democrats have the votes to kill the GOP "millionaires and billionaires" amendment, even with conservadem defections.

Then bring up the House bill, the Obama Middle Class Tax Relief Act for a vote and dare Republicans to vote against America's middle class — and raise everyone's taxes on January 1 because they insisted upon tax cuts for the "two percenters" whom they serve.

Mr. President, you have consistently said that we cannot afford the $700 billion in additional borrowing required to pay for tax cuts for the "two percenters." You now have the tax bill you always wanted, there is no longer any reason to negotiate with Republicans who have acted in bad faith in attempting to extort tax cuts for the "two percenters" by holding our government hostage. This kind of outrageous behavior is never to be condoned or rewarded. It is to be condemned and punished.

Mr. President, You should make a clear, concise bright-line statement that the House bill is the only bill that you will sign. It is the only measure now on the table. Declare your intention that you will veto any bill that contains a tax cut for the "two percenters." Period. Time for negotiation is over. This is what Americans are waiting to hear from you — Lead! Order Congress to stay in session through Christmas and New Year's Day if necessary.

Mr. President, please do not abandon America's middle class to these Republican insurrectionists waging class warfare against them. Defend America's middle class. Be their champion. Lead!

UPDATE: Final Vote Results for Roll Call Vote

H/t Daily Kos: Here is the list of 20 Democrats. The crossed-out ones either retired or were defeated in the November election.  

Brian Baird (WA-03) New Democrat (Retired after five terms)
Dan Boren (OK-02) Blue Dog  (Begins sixth term in January)
Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03) Blue Dog (Defeated after one term)
Artur Davis (AL-07) New Democrat (Defeated after three terms)
Lloyd Doggett (TX-25) (Begins ninth term in January)
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-AL) Blue Dog (Defeated after three terms)
Ron Klein (FL-22)  (Defeated after two terms)
Jim Matheson (UT-02) Blue Dog & New Democrat (Begins sixth term in January)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07) Blue Dog & New Democrat (Begins eighth term in January)
Mike McMahon (NY-13) (Defeated after one term)
Jerry McNerney (CA-11) (Begins third term in January)
Walt Minnick (ID-01) Blue Dog (Defeated after one term)
Gwen Moore (WI-04) (Begins fourth term in January)
Jim Moran (VA-08) New Democrat (Begins 11th term in January)
Collin Peterson (MN-07) Blue Dog (Begins 11th term in January)
Earl Pomeroy Blue Dog (Defeated after nine terms)
Bobby Scott (VA-03) (Begins 10th term in January)
Gene Taylor (MS-04) Blue Dog (Defeated after 10 terms)
Mike Thompson (CA-01) Blue Dog (Begins seventh term in January)
Pete Visclosky (IN-01) (Begins 14th term in January)

UPDATE: The New York Times reports:

Majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada said he would bring the House bill to the Senate floor on Saturday and would hold votes on that measure, as well as on an alternative Democratic proposal to raise the threshold at which the lower rates expire to $1 million.

Democrats had hoped to hold those votes on Friday, as well as votes on two Republican proposals for extending the tax breaks, but late Thursday a single Republican senator registered an objection stopping those votes.

That prompted Mr. Reid to note that even after agreeing to take up the tax issue before anything else, he was encountering Republican obstruction.

“I think everybody remembers that famous letter that was written to me saying until we get tax cuts resolved, funding the government, we’re not going to let you do anything legislatively,” he said at a news conference late Thursday. “We’re at a new one tonight. They are not going to let us do anything with tax cuts or funding the government.”

0 responses to “Update: House passes the Obama Middle Class Tax Relief Act

  1. Congratulations House!! Now let’s see who has the stones in the Senate to do the right thing…I will be watching that Saturday vote…this happy horse SH*t of always being on the defense has got to stop. At some point, someone in Washington needs to stand FOR something, and this is the perfect legislation to stand FOR! The Republicans simply want an EXTRA tax cut for the millionaires/billionaires. As EVERYONE will already get one, they just think that the fat cats are entitled to MORE…a “bonus” tax cut. Really what they’re doing is voting THEMSELVES that bonus tax cut, and holding everything else hostage until they get what they want.Like 2 year olds in the store, they are whining, crying and stomping their feet because Mom didn’t get them EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT! You know what I would do (and have done with my own kids)? I’d put BACK whatever they WERE going to get and walk put of the store. Spoiled brat, you get NOTHING with that temper tantrum.That what needs to happen now. They need to own this. And if taxes go up on Americans, the country needs to know that it was the REPUBLICANS that raised them because they didn’t get the BONUS for themselves and the rich folks that don’t need them.THey need to know who the senators were that voted to give EVERYONE a tax cut, and the ones that axed the cuts for everyone because they wouldn’t get the whipped cream with the cherry on top for the top 2%. That’s a fight I want to see…let them own it….why do you think Boner was crying about “chicken crap” yesterday? He got his clock cleaned, and it was a beautiful sight:)I’ll be ssending those emails today…somebody better do the right thing tomorrow, and if they do,we should ALL celebrate that.

  2. Go Ron Paul! (One of the three Republican yes votes)