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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:19
House leadership will give liberal Democrats one last chance to amend the estate tax provisions. Under procedure established by the rules committee on Wednesday, this afternoon the House will first vote on an amendment offered by Representative Earl Pomeroy that would set the estate tax provisions in the bill to the 2009 levels.

It is expected the amendment will fail due to the votes of Republicans, Blue Dog Democrats, and some moderate Democrats. If that happens, under the procedural...

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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:50
As expected the Senate today passed the tax compromise package worked out by President Obama and Senate Republicans. The Senate’s 81-19 vote is a signal to the House to pass it as is. Senate approves legislation extending Bush tax cuts; House Democrats complain about estate tax – KCPQ

Although the outcome in the House is less certain, the tide is moving towards passage. An example of this is Washington State’s own Democratic Representative, Rick Larsen.

"I am as mad as those...

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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 08:48
President Obama’s tax compromise with the Senate Republicans “is a fast moving train”, says House Democrat Peter Welch who last week circulated a letter signed by 54 Democrats urging opposition to the deal. Since last week momentum in favor of the plan, including public opinion and the endorsement of former President Clinton, has grown. Now Representative Welch says, “It is academic” the “die is cast.” Liberals giving up tax fight - TheHill.com

It also appears that House...

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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Monday, 13 December 2010 09:52
The final tally on the vote to quash the filibuster is in, 83-15. Huge Senate majority votes to advance $858B tax package - TheHill.com The Senate is like to take a final vote on the bill Tuesday or more likely at this point Wednesday.

The size of the majority will make it even harder for House Democrats to alter the estate tax provisions in the bill.

“We now urge the House leadership to bring this bipartisan agreement to a vote without political games or partisan changes designed...

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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Monday, 13 December 2010 08:59
The Senate today voted to end debate on the tax compromise bill signaling that it could win Senate approval as early as tomorrow. Tax-cut bill wins big support in Senate test vote - FoxNews.com

Once it is passed by the Senate it will proceed to the House where its outcome is less clear. Over the last week the main objection to the compromise bill in House has been the provisions on the estate tax. Last Thursday House Democrats indicated they wouldn’t proceed on the compromise bill. On...

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