Reid finally succeeded in doing what Republicans have been fighting for nearly two years: separating the middle-class tax cut extension from the tax cuts for the wealthy, and that breaks the hold the Republicans have had on this hostage.
Savor this victory, and let's work for more of them.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in challenging Democratic leaders to demonstrate that President Obama’s plan for a small business tax hike has the support of their own party by holding an immediate vote on it in the Democratic-controlled Senate:Your move, Speaker Boehner.
“I agree with Senator McConnell: if Democrats support the president’s small business tax hike, then they should allow it to come to an immediate vote in the Senate. After yet another dismal jobs report, the American people need to know whether Senate Democrats agree with the president’s plan to raise taxes on small business job creators – or if he is simply campaigning on another plan that, like his budget, doesn’t even have the support of his party. [...]
2:32 PM PT: BTW, the votes the Dems lost were Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jim Webb (D-VA). The Vice President's vote wasn't needed after all, but it was kind of a kick to have him presiding.