Although Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders became a new folk hero to the left after his 8 1/2 hour filibuster speech on the floor of the Senate on Friday regarding the new tax cut plan, that still wasn't good enough to get him booked on one of the Sunday shows to explain his anger at the compromise legislation. Maybe because there's little doubt about the package passing through that chamber.
A procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on the compromise tax package that President Obama and Congressional Republicans came to an agreement on a week ago will be taken this afternoon, and Senate aides tell the Wall Street Journal that it should procure between 65-70 supporters, with a vote on final passage expected Tuesday or Wednesday.
When the Nancy Pelosi led Democrats in the House opt to begin debate isn't clear just yet, as some Dems are making noises that the the deal made on the inheritance tax is simply a bridge too far for them to stomach. That deal would reinstate the tax next month to a top rate of 35% and applies to estates above $5 million. It's currently scheduled to rise to 55% next year and apply to estates above $1 million.
First on Fox News Sunday was Maryland's Chris Van Hollen, who said that the very generous deal on the estate tax was a bridge too far for him and a certain number of his colleagues