Republicans are taking shots at U.S. Sen. Patty Murray over Democrats’ refusal yesterday to move a GOP version of the sales-tax deduction bill to a floor vote. Washington taxpayers would be able to deduct their sales-tax on 2010 returns if the deduction is restored to federal law.
Murray’s office said today the Republican measure (for which Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso made a unanimous consent request) is not paid for – unlike the version Murray and colleagues tried to bring up for a vote last week and this week. Republican Sen. John Thune and colleagues objected, in effect blocking the Democrats’ bill last week and Monday, and Democratic Sen. Max Baucus in turn objected to the GOP version this week.
Murray said during an Olympia visit on Saturday the sales-tax deduction issue is not dead this year but might have to wait until after the Nov. 2 election. She blamed political jockeying by minority Republicans who have withheld the 60th vote needed to avoid a filibuster and bring Sen. Baucus’ S. 3793 to a floor vote.