Senate vote 219
- 51 yea
- nay 49
3/5 Required Tally: 51-49Failed to pass
This vote was on the motion to proceed to consider the Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2011, S. 1917. The Middle Class Tax Cut Act would have created jobs by providing payroll tax relief for middle class families and businesses.
Specifically, the Act would have:
- Cut employees and the self-employeds 2012 payroll tax in half, from 6.2% to 3.1%. This cut would have benefitted approximately 160 million workers and put nearly $1,500 into the pockets of the average American family.
- Cut employer-side payroll taxes in half, from 6.2 to 3.1 percent, for the first $5 million of taxable payroll for 2012. Although this cut would have benefitted all businesses, 98% of businesses would have seen their payroll taxes cut in half.
- Eliminated the payroll tax paid by employers on the first $12.5 million of the employers increased taxable payroll for the 4th quarter of 2011 and on the first $50 million in increased payroll for 2012. This cut would have given businesses an added incentive to hire new employees.
- Imposed a 3.25% surtax on modified adjusted gross income in excess of $1 million for single taxpayers and married couples filing jointly. This tax on millionaires would have offset the cost of the bill, thereby enabling Congress to implement the job-creating payroll tax breaks without adding to the national deficit.
- Protected Social Security, by requiring that the Social Security Trust Fund be made whole through transfers from the General Fund.
The motion to proceed did not receive the 3/5 vote required for passage.
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- Shelby, Richard N [Shelby / Alabama Senate #2]Sessions, Jeff N [Sessions / Alabama Senate #1]
- Feinstein, Dianne Y [Feinstein / California Senate #2]Boxer, Barbara Y [Boxer / California Senate #1]
- Blumenthal, Richard Y [Blumenthal / Connecticut Senate #1]Lieberman, Joe Y [Lieberman / Connecticut Senate #2]
- Carper, Tom Y [Carper / Delaware Senate #1]Coons, Christopher Y [Coons / Delaware Senate #2]
- Isakson, Johnny N [Isakson / Georgia Senate #2]Chambliss, Saxby N [Chambliss / Georgia Senate #1]
- Vitter, David N [Vitter / Louisiana Senate #2]Landrieu, Mary Y [Landrieu / Louisiana Senate #1]
- Cardin, Ben Y [Cardin / Maryland Senate #1]Mikulski, Barbara Y [Mikulski / Maryland Senate #2]
- Kerry, John Y [Kerry / Massachusetts Senate #2]Brown, Scott N [Brown / Massachusetts Senate #1]
- Levin, Carl Y [Levin / Michigan Senate #1]Stabenow, Debbie Y [Stabenow / Michigan Senate #2]
- Klobuchar, Amy Y [Klobuchar / Minnesota Senate #2]Franken, Al Y [Franken / Minnesota Senate #1]
- Cochran, Thad N [Cochran / Mississippi Senate #1]Wicker, Roger N [Wicker / Mississippi Senate #2]
- Blunt, Roy N [Blunt / Missouri Senate #1]McCaskill, Claire Y [McCaskill / Missouri Senate #2]
- New Hampshire
- Ayotte, Kelly N [Ayotte / New Hampshire Senate #1]Shaheen, Jeanne Y [Shaheen / New Hampshire Senate #2]
- New Jersey
- Lautenberg, Frank Y [Lautenberg / New Jersey Senate #1]Menendez, Bob Y [Menendez / New Jersey Senate #2]
- New Mexico
- Bingaman, Jeff Y [Bingaman / New Mexico Senate #1]Udall, Tom Y [Udall / New Mexico Senate #2]
- New York
- Gillibrand, Kirsten Y [Gillibrand / New York Senate #1]Schumer, Chuck Y [Schumer / New York Senate #2]
- North Carolina
- Burr, Richard N [Burr / North Carolina Senate #1]Hagan, Kay Y [Hagan / North Carolina Senate #2]
- North Dakota
- Conrad, Kent Y [Conrad / North Dakota Senate #1]Hoeven, John N [Hoeven / North Dakota Senate #2]
- Casey, Bob Y [Casey / Pennsylvania Senate #1]Toomey, Patrick N [Toomey / Pennsylvania Senate #2]
- Rhode Island
- Reed, Jack Y [Reed / Rhode Island Senate #1]Whitehouse, Sheldon Y [Whitehouse / Rhode Island Senate #2]
- South Carolina
- DeMint, Jim N [DeMint / South Carolina Senate #1]Graham, Lindsey N [Graham / South Carolina Senate #2]
- South Dakota
- Johnson, Tim Y [Johnson / South Dakota Senate #1]Thune, John N [Thune / South Dakota Senate #2]
- Corker, Bob N [Corker / Tennessee Senate #2]Alexander, Lamar N [Alexander / Tennessee Senate #1]
- Cantwell, Maria Y [Cantwell / Washington Senate #1]Murray, Patty Y [Murray / Washington Senate #2]
- West Virginia
- Manchin III, Joe N [Manchin III / West Virginia Senate #1]Rockefeller, Jay Y [Rockefeller / West Virginia Senate #2]
* Members in italics and marked with an asterisk (*) are not ranked.