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Last Week

The House was in recess. The Senate spent the week debating a package of over 50 expired tax provisions. Unfortunately, the bill failed to gain the 60 votes needed to achieve cloture. On Thursday, Sen. Orrin Hatch's staff reached out to the business community explaining its position: "When the tax extender bill was marked up in the Senate Finance Committee on April 3, 2014, the process was open to amendments and vigorous debate between all 24 members. It was this open and participative process that was directly responsible for the bill passing out of the committee on a voice vote. It is important to note that, since July 2013, Senate Republicans have been allowed only nine roll call votes on their amendments. That is less than one vote per month. Senator Hatch was very clear in his remarks on the floor this afternoon. He wants to ensure, that the other 76 members of the United States Senate, Democrats and Republicans, have the same opportunity as members of the Senate Finance Committee to have the voices of their constituents heard." more


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