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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 07/25/2012

Tax cut bills: How did senators vote?


(Seth Perlman - AP)
The Senate approved a Democratic tax cut proposal Wednesday, but rejected a Republican plan, a mostly symbolic victory for Democrats and President Obama who are pushing to raise taxes on the rich.

The Democratic proposal would extend tax cuts in 2013, but denies the reductions to individuals making more than $200,000 and couples earning at least $250,000. The Republican proposal would have extended tax cuts for another year for all income groups.

So how did the Senate vote on the two proposals?

ON THE REPUBLICAN TAX CUT PROPOSAL:

Final vote count: 45 to 54. According to The Washington Post Votes Database, 44 Republicans and one Democrat voted yes; 50 Democrats, two independents and two Republicans voted no.

One Democrat joined Republicans to approve the proposal:

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)

Two Republicans joined with Democrats to reject the proposal:

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)

One Republican didn’t vote:

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)

Vote notes: The entire Democratic caucus, except for Pryor, held together in an election year to support a proposal strongly backed by President Obama.

ON THE DEMOCRATIC TAX CUT PROPOSAL:

Final vote count: 51 to 48. According to The Washington Post Votes Database, 50 Democrats voted yes; 46 Republicans, one Democrat and one independent voted no.

One Democrat joined Republicans to oppose the measure:

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.)

One independent joined Republicans to oppose the measure:

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.)

One Republican didn’t vote:

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)

Vote notes: Pryor voted with Democrats on this bill. Lieberman and Webb’s no votes are more about principle than politics, since both are retiring after this year.

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