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Senator Orrin Hatch Having Hateful Thoughts After Senate Fails to Extend Business Tax Cuts
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Senator Orrin Hatch Having Hateful Thoughts After Senate Fails to Extend Business Tax Cuts

 

Back in September, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is having some hateful thoughts these days when pondering over a set of tax cuts for businesses. The tax cuts have been in place for years, but are extended only on a short-term basis. That said, Hatch explained to business crowd that a bill extending tax cuts was hammered out in the senate with the assurance that these particular business tax cuts would be added as an amendment. In the end, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used his position as majority leader to fill the amendment tree so as to prevent the business tax cuts from being added to the bill.

My friend Tom Rothman explained how the practice of filling the amendment tree is a procedural move the majority leader routinely used to effectively kill bills or create a quasi-veto for President Obama. Hatch, noted for his statesmanship, was visibly upset when the tax cut bill died. That said, Reid may end up wishing he had let the measure get through the chamber. His party lost control of the Senate weeks later.

Now, the incoming GOP senate majority promises to take up the measure again which virtually ensures it of having a stronger right-wing tilt. This will be the way the government will work for President Obama’s remaining two years in office. Reid’s senate inaction allowed the president to enact his agenda using executive memos and orders. Now, the GOP will be sending him legislation which he will have to either sign or veto.