Posted at 1:15pm on Dec. 7, 2007 In Blue Dog Betrayal, Senate Passes Tax-Free AMT
Harry Reid Blames Republicans for Tax Increase Failure
By Mark I
The Senate abruptly reversed course last night and passed a one-year patch to the Alternative Minimum Tax without including any offsetting tax increases wanted by Blue Dog Democrats in the House. The bill passed overwhelmingly 88-5 with all Republicans voting for the measure. The move by the Senate represents another significant backtracking on a Democratic campaign season pledge. Democrats vowed to restore fiscal discipline to Washington by reinstituting pay-as-you-go budget rules that require all tax cuts to be “paid for” by corresponding tax increases or spending cuts.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Searchlight) feebly blamed Republicans for the failure to increase taxes. "We want everyone to know we have tried every alternative possible,” said Reid. Republicans were happy to take the blame, as Sen. John Thune gloated:
They had painted themselves into a corner. That's a huge concession on their part, completely repudiating one of their core principles.
Democrats in the House, most notably in the moderate Blue Dog caucus, were not happy.