Today, the Senate voted down a balanced approach to avoiding the sequester. In order to avoid a small tax increase of the wealthiest Americans and corporations that bankroll their campaigns, conservatives chose to force drastic cuts to middle-class and working families. Tomorrow, the sequester cuts will take effect.
The progressive plan was voted on this afternoon and failed by a margin of 51-49. Because of a filibuster, 60 votes were required for the bill to pass. Here’s a list of the senators who put protecting loopholes ahead of supporting working Americans:
Note: Majority Leader Harry Reid voted against the legislation as a procedural move to ensure he can reintroduce the bill later.