Is anyone really surprised? From the White House:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2011
Statement by the President
Tonight, Senate Republicans chose to raise taxes on nearly 160 million hardworking Americans because they refused to ask a few hundred thousand millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share. They voted against a bill that would have not only extended the $1,000 tax cut for a typical family, but expanded that tax cut to put an extra $1,500 in their pockets next year, and given nearly six million small business owners new incentives to expand and hire. That is unacceptable. It makes absolutely no sense to raise taxes on the middle class at a time when so many are still trying to get back on their feet.
Now is not the time to put the economy and the security of the middle class at risk. Now is the time to rebuild an economy where hard work and responsibility pay off, and everybody has a chance to succeed. Now is the time to put country before party and work together on behalf of the American people. And I will continue to urge Congress to stop playing politics with the security of millions of American families and small business owners and get this done.
The usual suspects:
Question: On the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Proceed to Consider S. 1917 )
Vote Number: 219 Vote Date: December 1, 2011, 08:27 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Motion to Proceed Rejected
Measure Number: S. 1917
Measure Title: A bill to create jobs by providing payroll tax relief for middle class families and businesses, and for other purposes.
Vote Counts: YEAs 51
Blunt (R-MO), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
[emphasis in original]
The bill needed 60 votes to proceed.
The bill included payroll tax relief for the 99% and a millionaire surtax for the 1%:
….TITLE I-Payroll tax relief
SEC. 101. Temporary payroll tax cut for employers, employees and the self-employed….
….SEC. 102. Temporary tax credit for increased payroll….
TITLE II-Surtax on millionaires
SEC. 201. Surtax on millionaires.
(a) In general.-Subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new part:
“PART VIII-Surtax on millionaires
“SEC. 59B. Surtax on millionaires.
“(a) General rule.-In the case of a taxpayer other than a corporation for any taxable year beginning after 2012, there is hereby imposed (in addition to any other tax imposed by this subtitle) a tax equal to 3.25 percent of so much of the modified adjusted gross income of the taxpayer for such taxable year as exceeds $1,000,000 ($500,000, in the case of a married individual filing a separate return)….
“….They voted against a bill that would have not only extended the $1,000 tax cut for a typical family, but expanded that tax cut to put an extra $1,500 in their pockets next year…”
So, to put this in perspective, if a millionaire has a modified adjusted gross income of $1.1 million that surtax should equal $3,250.00. The terrible sacrifices we ask…
The class war has been going on for a long time and the 99% have been losing. We know which side Roy Blunt (r) is on.