Failure of Tax Extenders Cloture Vote Doesn't Dampen Hope for Passage

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A failed bid in the Senate to advance legislation extending expired tax provisions hasn't changed expectations for final congressional passage later this year.
The bill's procedural breakdown May 15 doesn't necessarily spell doom, because lawmakers have time on their side, and the dispute is more related to process than to the measure's substance. Bickering over restrictions on floor amendments caused the failure on a 53-40 vote to invoke cloture to move to an actual vote on the bill (H.R. 3474)—seven votes shy of the required 60.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) was the lone Republican to break with his party and vote yes.