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Harry Reid Blocks Vote On Obama’s Proposal

From the Washington Examiner:

Harry Reid blocks vote on Obama’s fiscal cliff proposal

By Joel Gehrke | December 5, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked a vote on President Obama’s proposal, articulated last week by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, saying that “there is no Geithner proposal.”

Did we dream all of that?

“If the President’s proposal was made in good faith, Democrats should be eager to vote for it,” McConnell said today. “So I’m surprised the Majority Leader just declined the chance for them to support it with their votes. I guess we’re left to conclude that it couldn’t even pass by a bare majority of votes, and that they’d rather take the country off the cliff than actually work out a good-faith agreement that reflects tough choices on both sides.”

McConnell proposed the vote both as an amendment to the Russia Trade Bill and as a stand-alone item. Reid objected to both…

“Obama’s proposal was an ‘F You’ to the Republicans and they’re trying to pretend like it was some kind of a serious proposal,” a senior Republican aide told The Washington Examiner. “What McConnell just did is he exposed that lie.”

McConnell made a the same point less colorfully, saying that the plan outlined by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner — which would also give the president permanent power to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally — was a “provocation” not a proposal.

Tweaking the Democrats from the Senate floor, the Republican leader said [he] wasn’t surprised they refused to vote on the president’s proposal.

“As I just indicated, it includes a $2 trillion tax increase over 10 years — the biggest real dollar tax increase in U.S. history,” he said. It increases taxes on nearly one million small businesses — in the middle of a jobs crisis. According to Ernst and Young, this type of rate hike would cause more than 700,000 Americans to lose their jobs. It raises taxes on investment income, harming economic growth even more. It includes tens of billions of dollars in more Washington spending — in a deal to cut the deficit.”

McConnell acts like these details are a problem. The Democrats seem them as selling points.

Anyway, we love it when the Republicans do these kind of jujitsu moves. But the trouble is they get no coverage by the MSM, so they don’t really accomplish anything.

Still they’re fun.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

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