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Ok, so the democrats garnered 53 votes in the senate to extend only middle class tax cuts.

If that is truly the level of support for the plan in the senate, can they not go the budget reconciliation route, which would only require 50 votes? That would not make the extensions permanent, but it would allow them to continue as is temporarily while the tax cuts above the threshold expire, right?

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Surely, there must be something here that I am missing, but for the life of me I can't see it. I'm not calling the senators dumb, I'm just wondering what it is that I don't get. If there are 50 votes for preserving just the middle class cuts, them move ahead with budget reconciliation!

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Originally posted to The Youthful Bede on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 06:03 PM PST.

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