WASHINGTON — Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken both voted to advance the tax cut compromise in the Senate, as the provision easily found the 60 votes it needed to advance.
Sixty-four votes have been recorded in favor so far, though leadership said the vote will stay open for at least another hour to accommodate at least one senator who has been delayed flying through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
“I voted to advance the bill because I don’t think the middle class should be socked with a $3,000 average tax increase right now, and while there are parts of the bill I completely disagree with — I supported bringing the taxes on people making more than $250,000 back to the Clinton levels — but in the end the parts that I disagreed with were outweighed by the benefits for the middle class.”
“I also am going to work on getting potentially some debt reduction language in this, or at least I know we’re going to be working on this next year, we have to.”
“I don’t like extending the excessive Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, I don’t like the explosion in the deficit it will create, and I don’t like how the President made this deal. But I would hate even more to see Minnesota families get hurt.”
“There’s a lot in here to help create jobs and to help middle-class Minnesotans weather this recession: tax cuts for working families, a payroll tax holiday, energy tax credits, and the extension of Recovery Act initiatives that are already making a difference. And a lot of harm would come to working families if unemployment insurance isn’t renewed. So I’m voting for this reluctantly and will continue to fight passionately to get our economic policies on the right track.”
The full vote is likely to come later this week.