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Republicans reject 'Buffett rule' in the Senate

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In this file photo, President Obama congratulates Warren Buffett after presenting him with a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom in an East Room ceremony at the White House. (Carolyn Kaster / AP File Photo / February 15, 2010)


By Lisa Mascaro

April 16, 2012, 4:18 p.m.


Reporting from Washington—

Republican-led opposition blocked the 'Buffett rule' from advancing in the Senate, turning back an election year effort by President Obama to slap a new tax rate on those earning beyond $1 million a year.

Nearly all Republicans voted against the measure, a potentially risky move at a time when 60% of voters support the measure, according to a recent Gallup poll, as a way to ensure wealthy Americans pay their fair share of taxes.Democrats are likely to revive the effort in coming months.

“Continuing to allow some of the wealthiest Americans to use special tax breaks to avoid paying their fair share simply cannot be justified,” the White House said in a statement before the vote.

But Republicans stood firm in their opposition, calling the measure a “gimmick” that was more about blaming the wealthy than reining in government spending and deficits.

The Senate voted 51-45, mostly along party lines. The measure needed 60 votes to advance. One Republican, Sen.Susan Collins of Maine, joined Democrats in voting to advance the measure. One Democrat, Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, voted against.

“Most people have heard enough about this president’s notion of fairness,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. “To most people, what’s fair about America is that they can earn their success and expect to be rewarded for it.”

Named for Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who has said he should not enjoy a lower tax rate than his secretary, the Buffett rule would impose a minimum 30% tax rate on annual incomes beyond $1 million. The top income tax rate is now 35%, but many wealthy households pay less because of deductions and lower rates for income that comes from investments rather than earnings.

GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney paid an effective 14% rate in 2010, our colleagues have reported, and has said he expects to pay about 15% for 2011.

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  • keymanjim 2012/04/17 02:18:53
    President is WRONG!!!
    keymanjim
    +1
    This tax would have only generated about $4 billion a year. At $16 trillion in debt and obama adding $1.5 trillion to the debt each year, it would have effectively solved nothing.
  • doc moto keymanjim 2012/04/17 02:22:37
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    Like a band-aid on an elephants butt! Serves no purpose, just wanna do something to look busy!
  • keymanjim doc moto 2012/04/17 02:29:35
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    +1
    More leftist talking points. Expect to see more "republicans are beholden to the rich" or "republicans hate the middle class" threads in the near future.
  • doc moto keymanjim 2012/04/17 02:51:05
    doc moto
    +1
    We will be smelling them coming out of the computer works!
  • doc moto 2012/04/17 01:31:13
    President is WRONG!!!
    doc moto
    Cannot do it to the millionaires, he has to tax the poor! Tax the poor at 0% and do not pay the HOR and Senators, they hit the USA for enough, they can work for free! No more federal pay, time to eliminate the federal government and run this country on volunteers like there was in the beginning!

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