I can find no current reporting from CNN, MSNBC or the like. The Huffington Post reporter, Michael McAuliff, is the only reporter who also claims Reid reversed his position on the vote and offered to go ahead with it, but I cannot find that information confirmed anywhere. Great reporting, Mike!
Reid together with his 50-member caucus, changed the Senate rules to block Republicans from forcing a vote on the Bill, and to block any proposed amendments after any Bill is approved. After a ruling from the presiding officer that McConnell did not need unanimous consent to force a vote on his motion, Reid appealed.
So, why would Reid say, no vote? Could it be that Democrats don't support the President's plan? Yes!
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said Wednesday that President Obama’s plan does not actually balance the budget, saying, 'We all know that. It’s going to take common sense spending reductions. It’s going to take the right kind of revenue policy. So it takes both to get it done. But we’ve got to do it step by step.' Senator Stabenow also said, 'We’ll never get out of debt with 12 million people out of work. So we also have to make sure that we’re doing this in a smooth transition so that we’re continuing to grow as an economy as well.' Senators from Virginia and Louisiana would also vote 'no.'
Consider the following in lieu of a list: Administration officials state that the fiscal cliff plan comprised much of what has been in the President's budget proposals, all of which have been soundly rejected by Democratic lawmakers, 0-414. But, 19 House Democrats supported the bipartisan House-passed plan to stop the tax rate hikes on middle class taxpayers and small businesses.
Roll Call reports some Democrats are alarmed at “the prospect of voting to raise $1.6 trillion in revenue, provide more government stimulus and permanently minimize Congress’ role in approving debt limit hikes.”
This is what this President does. Usurps the power from the other branches of government via executive orders and Bills. Do you remember that the founders established three branches of government to keep the powers of each in check? Obviously, Barack Hussein Obama doesn't think that works well. Forget that this country has stood in good stead for over 200 years! He doesn't want to deal with Congress because they won't do what he wants!
The Congressional Budget Office reports that, under current law, federal tax revenues will rise to a record level as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the coming decade. But, annual federal spending will also increase by 55 percent and the ongoing deficits will require continued debt limit increases by Congress to the tune of $4.25 trillion.
So, no matter how much money taxpayers give, the government will continue to outspend us.
Senate Democrats have rewritten the package to pay for its stimulus provisions with a 5.6 surtax on annual income above $1 million. Now, that's 'super-wealthy'. I wonder how many people and companies will fit this criteria.