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July 25th, 2012
07:34 PM ET

Senate passes a Democratic tax plan that's a non-starter in the House; Avlon calls it 'political theater'

The Senate today voted on competing Democrat and Republican plans on extending the Bush tax cuts.  The Democrat-led Senate passed its plan  to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle income Americans.

CNN contributor John Avlon says today's vote is nothing but political theater.

Senate passes Democratic tax plan, rejects GOP version

he U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a Democratic plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle income Americans while rejecting a Republican alternative to continue all of the cuts - twin votes that help to crystallize the position of the two parties on a critical issue heading into the fall campaign.

The Democratic proposal passed in a sharply polarized 51-48 vote, while the Republican plan was defeated 45-54.

Vice President Joe Biden, the constitutional presiding officer of the Senate, was on hand to cast a tie-breaking vote if necessary.

Strategists on both sides of the aisle acknowledge that neither plan has a chance of passing both the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. GOP leaders in the House have indicated they have no intention of bringing the Democrats' plan to a vote.

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