Reid wants Senate vote on tax break bill 'sooner rather than later'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants the full Senate to vote soon on a package of tax break extensions that includes a wind energy tax credit and other energy incentives.

Reid told reporters Tuesday that he briefly spoke with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Finance Committee, earlier that day. “I told him I want to move this bill sooner rather than later,” Reid said. “So he and I will visit further.”

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Wyden’s panel voted April 3 to send the package to the full Senate. It includes a two-year extension of the wind energy production tax credit that expired last year, along with similar extensions of incentives for biofuels, plug-in electric vehicles, alternative fuel vehicle refueling property, fuel cell vehicles, energy-efficient home construction and other provisions.

The majority leader’s office did not provide a more exact timetable for the vote than his Tuesday comments.

The Senate will take a recess for Easter from April 14 to April 28.