Blunt, McCaskill Spar as Senate Fails to Extend Tax Cuts

6 years 7 months 3 days ago Wednesday, December 14 2011 Dec 14, 2011 Wednesday, December 14, 2011 2:29:00 PM CST December 14, 2011 in News
By: Brian Johnson
loading

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate failed Wednesday to extend a tax cut worth about $1,000 for individuals. Both Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for not passing the bill.

Senator Claire McCaskill tweeted her frustration with Senate Republicans.

"@clairecmc: Only in Washington.Republicans in Senate are blocking our ability to vote on the Republican bill from House.Makes no sense."

But Missouri's Republican senator, Roy Blunt, tweeted later that the Democrats were to blame.

"@RoyBlunt: Disappointed the Dem majority blocked the #BBA (Balanced Budget Amendment). Will keep working w/my colleagues to help get our economy on track. http://bit.ly/vcHizD"

If lawmakers don't act before Dec. 31, families earning around $100,000 will have to pay about $1,000 more each year in taxes to the federal government. Most of the money will go to pay for Social Security.

Part of the stimulus from last year gave American's a two percent break from the tax, lowering the tax to 4.2 percent. That break will end in 17 days. If the tax goes back up, it will affect 160 million Americans.

McCaskill tweeted later, "@clairecmc: To be clear,the D leader asked consent to vote on the House R bill. The leader of the Rs objected. Please. Let's vote. Need to move forward."

Blunt tweeted his support of the Keystone XL Oil pipeline that Democrats object. "@RoyBlunt: On my way to the Senate floor to discuss the need for more American energy & my support for the #KXL Project. Tune in: http://cs.pn/i1Erdp"

The pipline is part of the tax cut legislation passed by the House yesterday.

The inability to agree stopped both parties from making progress on bills they want passed.

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid tried to bring the tax-cut legislation to the Senate floor Wednesday, but was blocked by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who wants the chamber to act first on a spending measure that would keep the government operating beyond Dec. 16.

The most significant division between Democrats and Republicans is how the tax cut should be paid for, either by spending cuts - supported by the Republicans, or a one percent tax increase on those earning more than $1 million a year- supported by Democrats.

 

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City-area woman has been charged with letting men rape her 2-year-old daughter. Twenty-five-year-old... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:12:46 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man following an investigation into alleged sexual abuse, and charges were filed in the... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:05:32 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Different sides reacted Wednesday to the Missouri Supreme Court's ruling in favor of a wind energy project.... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:37:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Democratic Party filed an appeal to the ruling from a Cole County judge dismissing a... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:59:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
FULTON - In the span of one month, law enforcement responded to nine car crashes on Route F between Boone... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:40:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The man who caused the crash which left a Harrisburg teacher dead pleaded guilty Wednesday. Brandon Brill,... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:34:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (AP) — Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:50:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The 12 members of a youth soccer team and their coach who spent more than two weeks trapped... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:24:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri program aimed at connecting stroke, heart attack and trauma patients with the best care... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:17:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel says it bears no liability in last year's Las Vegas concert... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:32:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 61-year-old southwest Missouri woman has been sentenced to life in prison for an ambush-style shooting of... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:08:59 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - An arrest for suspicion of filing a false report has been made in connection to a reported robbery... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:44:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - After four days of searching, Jerry Kinman has been found dead near Little Dixie Lake. Kinman,... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:19:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
STURGEON - The carnival rides at the Boone County Fair are back up and running after closing unexpectedly just hours... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:00:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A democratic candidate for Missouri's fourth congressional district criticized the Republican incumbent Tuesday for her lack of action... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:46:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce harshly criticized the city council at Monday night's meeting regarding projects being put... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:41:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Hy-Vee recalled its Spring Pasta Salad from 244 stores on Tuesday. Company officials said 20 illnesses by... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:54:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
MEXICO - Josh Hawley faced questions about President Donald Trump's summit with Russia as well as tariffs facing Missouri farmers... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:31:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 85°
8pm 84°
9pm 81°
10pm 79°
11pm 77°