Tax extenders bill fails in the Senate

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 Sieben Baucus2020 Dems pose a big dilemma for Schumer Steady American leadership is key to success with China and Korea Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate 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 Randolph ThuneFlake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework 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.