“Senate Voted on ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill 3 Minutes After Receiving It”
This is the august, deliberative chamber, recall. Not like that unruly People’s House, with all its 2-year temporary riff-raff and populist TEA Party dregs.
Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to CNSNews.com that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM.
The bill is 154-pages and includes several provisions that are unrelated to the fiscal cliff, including repealing a section of ObamaCare, extending the wind-energy tax credit, and a rum tax subsidy deal for Puerto Rican rum makers.
The bill avoids the fiscal cliff by making permanent the Bush tax cuts for everyone making $450,000 per year or less and putting off the automatic spending cuts (sequestration) from last year’s debt ceiling deal until March.
Well, I guess once McConnell and Biden reached a deal — and the President gave it his blessings, congratulating Republicans for seeing the wisdom of raising taxes on small business owner and job producers during a recession and at a time of high unemployment, all so he could show his base how he’s willing to tax the rich not for revenue, necessarily, but for “fairness” — what was left to say?
Besides. The Georgetown bars were likely still open, provided they hurried.