On Tuesday, December 16th The U.S. Senate passed a $ 42 billion tax extenders package, by a 76 to 16 vote, reviving dozens of previously expired tax breaks for calendar year 2014 only.
Republicans and Democrats compromised on the one-year extension after the White House undercut negotiations on a broader bipartisan package, underscoring divisions between Democrats in the wake of this year’s heavy losses at the election polls this past November. Senators from both parties indicated that they would have preferred legislation that would have restored the tax extenders through calendar year 2015 (e.g., a 2 year extension package that would have retroactively reinstated the tax extenders for calendar year 2014 and forward through all of calendar year 2015). After the late night 76-16 vote on Tuesday, December 16th, the bill is now before the President’s desk for signature into law as of Wednesday, December 17th.
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