Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
July 31, 2015

Reid: No Obamacare Amendments on Tax Cut Bill (Video)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has no interest in debating a repeal of the medical device excise tax as part of any negotiations to revive a stalled tax cut bill.

“That’s an Obamacare amendment. We’re not going to do that. [Republicans] can have as many amendments as practical to change the bill that’s on the floor, and there’s plenty of amendments that need to be offered on that. We have a lot on our side,” the Nevada Democrat said. “So, the answer is ‘no’.”

Reid has supported the 2.3 percent medical device tax, which has opponents on both sides of the aisle.

Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., deferred questions about the broader $85 billion tax extenders package to Finance Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon, who has continued to work on finding a path for debating amendments to the bill on the floor after a debate-limiting cloture vote flopped last week.

Wyden said he was stressing GOP senators would be “welcome to offer plenty of amendments” during an extenders debate.

“I talked with Sen. [Orrin G.] Hatch this morning and I hope we’ll be able to come together before too long on a process for going forward,” he said.

“I think once there’s an agreement I think there are not a lot of issues that would consume enormous amounts of time,” Wyden said. “In other words, you could be fair to both sides so that an issue would be aired, and you could get it addressed.”

The trouble, of course, is that if Reid wants amendments confined to the lapsed tax provisions, Republicans could very well balk once again.

Comments (11)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. vman

    May 20, 2014
    5:25 p.m.

    Ironically, the base bill being used for the tax extenders is an Obamacare reform bill (and those base provisions remain in the substitute), so the argument that there should be no Obamacare amendments makes no sense…

  2. Oscar's Wilde

    May 21, 2014
    11:23 a.m.

    As well, here we have chief liar – Hussein Obama – lying to the face of the American people about keeping their insurance and their doctor:

  3. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    10:33 a.m.

    I have been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts in this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this web site. Studying this information So i am glad to convey that I have a very good uncanny feeling I found out just what I needed. I such a lot certainly will make certain to do not overlook this web site and give it a glance on a continuing basis.

  4. Anonymous

    July 18, 2015
    6:57 a.m.

    Its such as you read my mind! You appear to grasp so much approximately this, like you wrote the ebook in it or something. I think that you simply could do with some p.c. to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, that is great blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  5. Anonymous

    July 19, 2015
    9:37 a.m.

    Outstanding post, I conceive people should acquire a lot from this blog its very user genial.

  6. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    5:33 a.m.

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  7. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    8:11 a.m.

    I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for novices. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  8. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    10:08 p.m.

    Hey, you used to write magnificent, but the last several posts have been kinda boring?K I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

  9. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    9:58 p.m.

    I think you have mentioned some very interesting points, regards for the post.

  10. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    4:56 p.m.

    Great site. Plenty of useful information here. I’m sending it to some pals ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thank you for your effort!

  11. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    7:04 p.m.

    Hi there, I found your site by means of Google whilst searching for a related matter, your site got here up, it seems to be good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...