House Republicans today — by a vote of 170 to 257 — defeated a Democratic proposal to end the Bush tax cuts on income above $250,000. 19 Democrats joined all the Republicans in voting down the bill. The House Republican plan would instead extend all of the Bush tax cuts, as well as fast-track “tax reform” that includes more giveaways to the wealthy and corporations.
The House did vote to extend Bush-era tax cuts for one year by a vote of 256 to 171. 19 Democrats supported the measure, 1 Republican opposed it.