Reid challenges GOP to bring amendment list on tax break bill

Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Republicans that if they brought him a list of germane amendments he would consider returning to a tax break bill.

Last week, Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan bill that would have extended more than 50 tax breaks for two years because Reid refused to allow any amendment votes.

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“If Republican senators can come with a reasonable list of germane amendments I’m more than happy to return to the tax extender bill,” Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday. “So let’s see if Republicans want to get something done on this measure.”

Reid said one amendment he would not allow a vote on was a GOP proposal to end the medical device tax, which pays for part of ObamaCare.

“Republicans said the reason they didn’t vote for the bill was because they wanted amendments, yet the only amendment they insisted on was a poison pill,” Reid said. “The Senate is not going to vote on gotchya measures.”

Reid said he found it odd that the party that wants to repeal most taxes would oppose a tax break bill, but several Republicans have tried to clarify that the fight was not over the bill but the Senate process.

“It seems the only Republicans who don’t want this tax cut bill are Republicans in Congress,” Reid said. “At the end of the day it comes down a simple question, do you want to get something done for the middle class?”

Dozens of tax credits expired at the start of the year and lawmakers have until the end of this year to restore them or else taxes will go up for most Americans. The chances of a package passing are more likely after November’s midterm elections.