The Senate began to debate on Thursday evening the $898 billion bipartisan tax cut bill that was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., earlier in the day. Reid’s bill, The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010,pretty closelyaligns with President Barack Obama’stax cut deal with Republican leaders, unveiled on Dec. 7.
While House Democrats have voice their opposition to the Senate bill, the likelihood is that the Senate’s compromise bill will eventually get passed by both House and Senate Democrats. Published reports have said a test vote on the Senate bill is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 13.
In a statement, Sen. Reid said that he “refused to let Republicans delay tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses any longer. This bill is not perfect, but it provides the economic boost middle-class families and small businesses in Nevada and across America need,” He continued: “The time for Republican political games is over. We must pass this measure before Congress adjourns.”