December 21, 2012
WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House John Boehner sent the House home for Christmas Thursday night, opting not to bring his “Plan B” bill to the floor when it became clear that he did not have the votes within his own caucus to pass it.
It is a major defeat for Boehner and the House Republican leadership, who have spent the past two days pushing hard for the bill at the expense of negotiations with President Barack Obama. Thursday morning, Cantor confidently declared “we’re going to have the votes to pass” Plan B. Boehner made an equally confident declaration Wednesday that, “Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American.”
Evidently, they spoke too soon.
“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Boehner said in a statement Thursday night. “Now it is up to the president to work with [Senate Majority Leader] Senator [Harry] Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. The House has already passed legislation to stop all of the January 1 tax rate increases and replace the sequester with responsible spending cuts that will begin to address our nation’s crippling debt. The Senate must now act.”
This article was posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6:40 am