Lame duck Klein breaks with Pelosi, Dems on Bush tax cut voteby George Bennett | December 2nd, 2010
Klein, who was defeated by Republican Allen West on Nov. 2, was one of 20 Democrats who bucked the party today and voted against a bill to extend the Bush tax cuts only for those making $250,000 a year or less.
The bill passed by a 234-to-188 margin. Click here to see the roll call.
Republicans favor a permanent extension of all the tax cuts. Klein during the campaign favored a one-year extension of all the tax cuts, and reiterated that position today.
“The middle class is the heart and soul of America, and I strongly support middle class tax cuts,” Klein said in a statement released by his office. “However, I couldn’t vote for today’s proposal because it just didn’t go far enough. I have said consistently over the last few months that I believe all tax cuts should be extended for one year while our economy recovers and we work out a stable, long-term tax structure that allows American families and business to reasonably plan ahead.”
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, voted against the bill, saying not extending all the tax cuts amounts to a tax hike on small businesses. U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, voted for the measure. U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, did not vote but announced his support for the bill late Wednesday.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where Democrats lack the 60 votes needed to block a Republican filibuster. So it’s unlikely the measure will ever reach President Obama’s desk.
Instead, Klein said he hopes a compromise can be worked out.
“It is time for both sides to cut out the gamesmanship and quit playing politics with such an important issue,” Klein said. “We want a tax system that encourages investment while still supporting the most important government services and addressing our deficit problems. It is my hope that leaders from both parties will come together and negotiate a solution that achieves these goals while temporarily extending tax cuts for everyone while our economy recovers.”