At the White House, Obama denounced the vote, saying Republicans chose “once again to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest few Americans at the expense of the middle class.” In a statement issued after the vote, he said he would keep pressing Congress to help the middle class. “It’s just plain wrong that millions of middle-class Americans pay a higher share of their income in taxes than some millionaires and billionaires,” he said.
Thumbs up to Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the lone Republican to vote for this step toward fairness.
Thumbs down to Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, the lone Democratic defector.
The Maine twins, Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, have spoken and have positioned themselves to the left of President Obama. Let’s hope they have the same clout they’ve had in past debates in this one.