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Right-Wing and Progressive Senators Both Vow to Filibuster Tax Deal

 
 
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In a somewhat odd turn of events that signals just how strange the tax cut "compromise" hammered out by the White House and the GOP is, the Senate's most liberal and conservative members are both attacking and vowing to filibuster the deal -- but for very different reasons.

Raw Storyreports:

Self-avowed democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday evening promised he will "do whatever it takes" to prevent passage of the measure, objecting to its temporary two-year extension of tax cuts for the highest income earners, a centerpiece of the Republican agenda.

Sanders' office confirmed to Raw Story that he will filibuster the measure, becoming the first senator to announce such an intention, and will court others to do the same.

Meanwhile:

[A]fter Obama's prime time pitch depicting the bill as a necessary compromise to move forward, arch-conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said he'll also filibuster to the bill....DeMint told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt the deal is inadequate because it doesn't permanently extend the high-end tax cuts, it alters the estate tax for estates valued at over $5 million, and doesn't offset unemployment insurance.

Asked it he would vote for either the measure or the cloture vote to advance it, DeMint responded "no" and "on both counts" -- which amounts to supporting a filibuster.

Think Progresselaborates on DeMint's position:

Of course, DeMint has proposed permanently extending all of the Bush tax cuts without paying for a dime of it, adding $4 trillion in deficits over the next ten years alone. But according to DeMint, the problem with unemployment benefits is that they amount to “paying people to stay home,” as he told South Carolina’s News 13: "The senator also said extending unemployment benefits that aren’t paid for isn’t helping add new jobs. “We can’t just keep paying people to stay at home,” said DeMint. “We’ve got to create economic activity to allow businesses to grow so they can hire people.”

 

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 8, 2010, 5:04am

 
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