House passes middle-class tax bill with three Republicans supporting
By Vicki Needham – 12/02/10 04:00 PM ET
The House passed by a vote of 234-188 a measure that permanently extends expiring middle-class tax cuts and provides a patch for the alternative minimum tax.
The measure passed with the support of three Republicans, and 20 Democrats opposed the measure.
On this measure, we know where the forces are aligned. From WaPo:
The bill stands little chance of passing in the Senate, where Republican leaders have vowed a filibuster.
“Regardless of what the majority forces House Republicans to do, it’s not going to go anywhere,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Wednesday night.
See this post for a discussion of the economic merits of requiring the tax cut extensions be applied to all income.