The most deliberative body in the world listened to Bernie Sanders for close to two days, and then decided to completely and totally ignore him:
The Senate on Monday advanced the tax-cut package agreed to between President Obama and congressional Republicans, virtually assuring that the Senate will approve the bill on Tuesday and send it to the House, where Democrats are threatening to make changes to a provision granting a generous tax exemption to wealthy estates.
The vote in the Senate was not finished, but shortly after 4 p.m. the tally showed more than 60 senators agreeing to end debate, cut off any filibuster and move to a vote on passage.
The majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, had agreed to keep the vote open far longer than usual to allow lawmakers returning to Washington from the West Coast to make it back to the Capitol.
Shortly after 4:30 p.m., the vote tally was 69 to 10, with eight Democrats, one Republican, Senator John Ensign of Nevada, and one independent, Senator Bernard Sanders, of Vermont, in opposition.
The final tally was 83 to 15. Forty-five Democrats and 37 Republicans supported moving the measure ahead; opposing votes came from nine Democrats, five Republicans and one independent, Bernard Sanders of Vermont.
Forty-Five Senate Democrats supported the bill. I’m sure this won’t stop people from magically thinking that there was some really progressive bill that would have not only not been blocked by the GOP but received enough support from the Democrats to pass cloture. At some point, people are going to realize that not only is the Senate broken procedurally, but that a lot of Senators talk out both sides of their mouth and hide behind those procedural rules to support the money party. And yet today, people are still insisting in the comments below that the PO would pass. It’s just delusional thinking. Folks- there is no bigger group of liars than members of the Senate, and they don’t care if they pit you and me against each other, as long as they serve the folks who donate to them and who will hire them as “consultants” when they retire. See Daschle, Tom.