Senate Democrats fell short, 53-45, today on a cloture vote on a tax bill intended to slow the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs. Democratic senators had described the vote as an effort to draw a contrast with Republicans on an economic issue ahead of midterm elections. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus and Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Jon Tester of Montana, Mark Warner of Virginia and Connecticut's Joe Lieberman voted with Republicans, who unanimously opposed cloture. The bill would have cut payroll taxes for companies that bring jobs home from abroad and ended some tax deductions and deferrals for firms operating abroad. The Senate then voted, 84-14, in another cloture vote to move to a bill that will serve as a vehicle for a continuing resolution to fund the government into December. The stopgap funding bill is necessary because Congress has not moved appropriations bills this year.
This article appears in the October 2, 2010, edition of National Journal Daily PM Update.