Senate GOP Slows Rush to Tax AIG Bonuses
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 20, 2009 6:00 PM CDT
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the Senate's second-ranking Republican, talks to reporters after the final passage of the stimulus bill, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at the Capitol in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Senate Republicans are drawing out a flap that has made the Obama administration squirm, the AP reports. Sen. Jon Kyl, the Republicans' vote counter, blocked Democratic efforts yesterday to bring up the Senate version of the tax bill to recoup most of the $165 million paid out by AIG last weekend and other bonuses in 2009. The House had swiftly approved its version of the bill earlier in the day.

"I don't believe that Congress should rush to pass yet another piece of hastily crafted legislation in this very toxic atmosphere," Kyl said. Senate Democrats said they will try again next week to take up the tax bill and hope to complete it before April 4, when Congress leaves for a two-week spring break. Combining the disparate House and Senate versions of the bill might have to wait until after the recess.