Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after he voted against bringing a bill before the Senate that would permanently raise taxes. He also called for restoration of the state and local sales tax deduction.
"Instead of wasting the Senate's time holding a re-vote on a tax package that lost last week and that everybody knew would lose again, the Democratic Leader should have scheduled a vote on bipartisan legislation to make permanent the state and local sales tax deduction. That's the bill we should have been voting on today."
Alexander is a cosponsor of bills introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) to provide a permanent deduction for state and local sales taxes. The motion to proceed to H.R 6049, the tax extenders bill, received 52 votes. Under Senate rules, 60 votes were required. H.R. 6049 also fell short of 60 votes on June 10, 2008.