Yesterday’s vote to end debate on the White House/GOP Tax compromise sets the stage for passage in the Senate followed by a vote in the House.  USA Today describes the Senate vote this way:
Nine Democrats and one independent voted against the measure, including Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who staged an 8½-hour speech against the proposal last week, also voted against the bill. Five Republicans opposed the bill, including Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and George Voinovich of Ohio.
And so the Washington Disconnect continues and you can be sure a year from now, when it’s time for this so-called “holiday” to expire there will be legislation and a battle in Congress to make it permanent or even divert that money into private accounts.  But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…after the Senate’s final vote then it will move to the House where changes are expected to be made.  However, the White House has made it clear that changing the payroll tax holiday to any of a number of other more stimulative  proposals is not an option.  By all accounts, House Democrats are not pleased with the package they’ve been presented:
"Hardly anybody in the Democratic caucus here feels that the president tried hard enough to deliver on his campaign promises," said Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, one of dozens of House Democrats defeated in last month's elections. Obama had House Democratic leaders "go through what turned out to be Potemkin meetings with his staff, when the real negotiations were being done elsewhere," he said. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat who has strongly supported Obama and won re-election last month, told MSNBC the chief House representative "wasn't even in the room, and we did feel left out" during the key tax-cut negotiations.
Lastly, here’s a nod to the one person in Washington willing to speak out strongly against the payroll tax holiday.  Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) understands the threat this tax deal poses for Social Security.   It appears he among a very small group in Washington  who does.

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