Vulnerable senators stick with their party on Buffett Rule vote

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Democrats knew the proposal was unlikely to muster the 60 votes needed to proceed, but saw political gain from pushing the proposal regardless of the result.

The vote put Republicans on record as opposed to a measure that President Obama and Democrats have portrayed as a matter of fairness and shared sacrifice. But it also put Democrats in the position of voting for higher taxes during an election year that Republicans hope to turn into a referendum on big government.