The Senate on Wednesday voted 45-52 in opposition to moving forward on the $140 billion tax extenders bill that resuscitates expired tax breaks and extends several spending measures.
The bill was authored by Senate Finance Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusBusiness groups express support for Branstad nomination The mysterious sealed opioid report fuels speculation Lobbying World MORE (D-Mont.), who argued that the proposal would help shore up the job market. However, centrist senators in both parties were uncomfortable with supporting the bill because it added approximately $80 billion to the federal deficit.
Senate Budget ranking member Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) raised the budget point of order against the bill that led to this morning's vote and forced Democratic leaders to withdraw the legislation.
The upper chamber could now take up a Republican alternative offered by Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneOvernight Tech: Last-ditch effort to get Dem FCC commish confirmed | Facebook's Sandberg on fake news | Microsoft completes LinkedIn deal FCC chairman willing to resign to get colleague confirmed Overnight Tech: AT&T, Time Warner CEOs defend merger before Congress | More tech execs join Trump team | Republican details path to undoing net neutrality MORE (S.D.) that is fully paid for, but not expected to pass.
Baucus is expected to offer a slimmed down version of the legislation that just failed. Democratic leaders hope that centrist members will support a smaller bill that does not add as much to the deficit.