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House GOP Puts Off Plan B Vote, In ‘Meltdown’

From an amused Associated Press:

House GOP puts off vote on ‘Plan B’

By DAVID ESPO | December 20, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted with a revolt among the rank and file, House Republicans abruptly scrapped a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy into recession.

This complicates nothing. Harry Reid would never have allowed the Senate to vote on ‘Plan B.’ So absolutely nothing has changed.

The legislation "did not have sufficient support from our members to pass," Speaker John Boehner conceded in a brief statement. At the same time he challenged President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to work on legislation to avoid across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts due to take effect in less than two weeks…

In a statement released a short while later, the White House said the president’s "main priority is to ensure that taxes don’t go up on 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses in just a few short days. The president will work with Congress to get this done and we are hopeful that we will be able to find a bipartisan solution quickly that protects the middle class and our economy."

Reid’s office sounded a more combative note. "The only way to avoid the cliff altogether is for Speaker Boehner to return to negotiations and work with President Obama and the Senate to forge a bipartisan deal," spokesman Adam Jentleson said.

Boehner has already offered more compromising positions than the Karma Sutra. Meanwhile, Obama has not conceded on anything about from raising the tax hike cutoff to $400,000. And the White House seems to have even backed away from that.

Earlier, emerging from a hurriedly-called evening meeting of House Republicans, Ohio Rep. Steve LaTourette said Boehner had told lawmakers he’s "going to call the president and he’s going to go down and talk to him and maybe they can hammer something out." …

In the meantime, Rep. LaTourette has been all over the cable channels blaming the ‘chuckleheads’ in the Tea Party for resisting these tax increases.

The House will not meet again until after Christmas, if then, and the Senate is expected to meet briefly on Friday, then not reconvene until next Thursday.

But isn’t Thursday the second day of Kwanzaa? Is nothing sacred?

Meanwhile, Politico and others in the news media are are trying to turn this fairly insignificant development (the Senate would not have never passed Plan B, in any case) into a Wagnerian opera:

Behind the scenes of a GOP meltdown

By JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN | December 20, 2012

Things were so bad for Speaker John Boehner Thursday night, support for his Plan B tax bill so diminished, the limits of his power with his own party laid bare, that he stood in front of the House Republican Conference and recited the Serenity Prayer.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Boehner nearly cried.

The Ohio Republican accepted that he couldn’t change the minds of his House Republican Conference. He tried to convince them that, facing tough negotiations with President Barack Obama over the fiscal cliff, he needed them on his side — and he fell short. With that, Boehner — a man who has clawed back from the political ledge to arrive at the top rung of power — saw perhaps the lowest moment in his speakership.

It was supposed to be a moment of strength, a way to drag Obama and the Democrats toward them in the high-stakes fiscal cliff negotiations that have Washington teetering on the brink. Instead, it showed the world that either Boehner couldn’t bring 217 of his own members to his side, or they were unwilling to be led by him in this fight…

Sheesh. Again, no one believed Plan B would go anywhere. Not with Harry Reid blocking every bill from the House. But this provides the Politico with another opportunity to ‘crybaby’ Boehner and the attack the irrational Tea Party. It’s a two-fer.

However, we don’t need Republicans to raise taxes. We have the Democrats to do that.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “House GOP Puts Off Plan B Vote, In ‘Meltdown’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

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