Senate Democrats Wrestle with Lame Duck Session Options

By: Monday June 11, 2012 8:45 am

Do Democrats have a plan for dealing with the fiscal “cliff”? Based on interviews I conducted at Netroots Nation with four members of the Senate Democratic caucus — Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Ben Cardin, Jeff Merkley and Sherrod Brown — it seems they have far more than one.


Buffett Rule Fails to Advance in the Senate

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 7:15 am

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Buffett rule last night with a filibuster. The bill would have set a millionaire’s minimum effective tax rate at 30%, with a phase-in between $1 million and $2 million and an exemption for charitable donations. But Senate Republicans wouldn’t let it get onto the floor for debate.

Buffett Rule to Be Filibustered Today

By: Monday April 16, 2012 1:40 pm

Today, the Senate will vote on a motion to proceed to the Buffett rule, formally known as the Paying a Fair Share Act. A filibuster is expected, about 5:30 p.m. ET. This concludes a two-week push by Senate Democratic leaders and the Obama Administration on the bill, and the larger conversation around tax fairness and the need for the rich to pay a higher amount than those in the middle class.

Buffett Rule Can Be Traversed by Tax Planning, Just Like Any Part of Our Swiss Cheese Tax Code

By: Saturday April 14, 2012 7:00 pm

I don’t have a huge problem with the Buffett rule, which will get a vote in the Senate and fail on Monday. But I do have a problem with the concept of a minimum tax based on adjusted gross income as a killer app in tax policy, rather than just raising rates and closing loopholes. To wit, high-income earners already have their tax avoidance strategies lined up.

60% Favor the Buffett Rule

By: Friday April 13, 2012 5:00 pm

A solid majority of the country favors the “Buffett Rule” which would require people making over a million dollars a year to pay at least 30% in taxes.

It’s Going to Be A Long Seven Months Until the General Election

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 11:30 am

With the general election kicking off yesterday, we will have seven more months of the kind of “I know you are but what am I” politics we saw on display yesterday. It’s almost too depressing to even contemplate. Mitt Romney started it off with a claim about the recession’s impact on women, which gave new work for the folks at PolitiFact. We have seven months of this coming.

Obama, the Buffett Rule and Its Chance of Ever Happening

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 7:15 pm

President Obama has been hammering the so called “Buffett Rule” as a key part of his 2012 campaign and an important way to distinguish himself from Republicans on issues of economic justice and deficit reduction. Obama was in Florida today pushing the Buffett Rule, while his administration released a new report on it. But it wasn’t a priority when the Democrats controlled Congress, and the chances they’ll control it next year are slim.

Administration Continues Election-Year Push on Buffett Rule

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 8:45 am

As they search for a attractive agenda, the Obama campaign has latched on to the Buffett rule, the alternative minimum tax for millionaires, as a key campaign plank. The fact that they will face Mitt Romney in November, someone who pays less than a 15% effective tax rate, doesn’t hurt either.

Democrats Gear Up Fight Over Buffett Rule

By: Friday April 6, 2012 11:55 am

Yesterday, Democrats began their media push on the Buffett rule, which Sheldon Whitehouse and Tammy Baldwin have turned into legislation called the Paying a Fair Share Act. The bill would set a minimum 30% effective tax rate for earners making over $1 million.

Obama to Attack Ryan Budget Today

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 12:15 pm

The President attacked Paul Ryan’s radical budget at a speech for newspaper executives today. The Administration sees this speech on a continuum with the populist tone of last year’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas. It attempts to keep faith with the middle class, and it will draw a contrast between this vision and the cruel vision of Paul Ryan’s America, a “you’re on your own” society that would attempt to sever the responsibility between government and its citizens. But the President may have a problem with the grand deal he tried to cut last year.

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