Harry Reid Blocks Vote on Obama Tax-Hike Plan

By Matt Cover | July 11, 2012 | 10:54 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blocked a vote Wednesday on President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year while keeping everyone else’s tax rates the same, but for only one year.

The vote was requested by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who asked that Obama’s plan be brought up as an amendment to the small business bill the Senate is currently considering.

McConnell said on the Senate floor that he was more than happy to let the Senate vote on Obama’s plan.

“What the American people need right now isn’t a lecture on fairness but some certainty.  And that’s why today I’m going to call on the Senate to provide just that,” McConnell said.

“On Monday, the president said that if the Senate passes this tax hike on small businesses he’d sign it right away. I can’t see why Democrats wouldn’t want to give him the chance.”

McConnell also asked for a vote on a proposal from himself and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that would extend all tax rates for one year.

Reid, however, objected to McConnell’s request, blocking a vote on Obama’s tax proposal.

“Reserving the right to object,” Reid said. “We’ve been here before.”

Reid then accused McConnell and Senate Republicans of trying to filibuster the current small business bill, despite the fact that McConnell had asked that the Senate vote on that bill, too.

“We try to legislate here [and] the program of the Republicans in the Senate has been to divert and deny and obstruct,” Reid said. “We’re on a small business jobs bill, a pretty simple piece of legislation but extremely important.”

McConnell responded, noting that “the president on Monday asked that we have the vote that I’ve just offered to the majority [Democrats]. That’s a vote we welcome. It’s a vote the president’s asking for. It’s the vote I just asked for.”

“I’m a little surprised we’re not willing to give the president what he asked for,” he added.