The Senate is gearing up for a “test vote” on the tax/spending deal this afternoon at around 3pm Eastern.
As I first assessed the deal last week, it’s temporary tax relief for more endless jobless benefits — and now larded with the usual assortment of goodies and bribes and handouts and subsidies.
Sen. McCain just finished assailing all the pork and spending in the deal, but in true Maaaaaaaaaaaaaverick form, he’s voting for it, anyway.
The Heritage Foundation weighs in today against the deal after initially supporting it:
Any piece of legislation must be both constitutional and improve the condition of the American people. When President Obama and Congressional Republicans first announced their tax deal early last week, our reaction was to hold our noses against its bad elements; on balance, we thought the extension of the current tax rates was laudable. Now, however, the full text of the bill has been released and we see all the bad things that were in the original deal. Meanwhile, liberals in Congress are walking away even from that deal, and are holding the country hostage to their hatred of those they call “the rich.” The tax cut deal, we now know, has been so freighted with liberal special interest tax giveaways that true conservatives cannot support it in good faith.
Stand by for the vote…